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Your Guide to Spring Cleaning for Healthier, Happier Trees

The term “spring cleaning” most commonly refers to the tradition of thoroughly cleaning and organizing the inside of the house during the spring season. But did you know that your yard, particularly your trees, could also use some cleanup come spring? Here are some ways to show your trees some love this coming spring for happier trees. 

A Run-Through Inspection for Winter Damage

Check your trees for signs of damage that could have occurred during the winter, such as broken branches or trunk injuries. Pay special attention to tree limbs that broke during winter weather since these can compromise the tree’s structural integrity. Come spring, they can become easy entry points for pests and tree diseases. 

Pruning for Healthy New Growth

Spring is a wonderful time to trim your trees, as trees are entering a period of active growth. Trimming away the dead or broken branches you found during the inspection is crucial to encourage healthy new growth. Additionally, spring pruning facilitates the redirection of energy to essential areas, such as developing solid limbs and abundant foliage for the changing season. 

Re-Mulching to Create a Protective Barrier

Over time, an initial layer of mulch breaks down and loses effectiveness. Consider adding a fresh layer of mulch around the base of your trees this upcoming spring. Since spring weather in New England can be unpredictable, mulch is a great way to give the tree some insulation and shield its roots from temperature extremes. Moreover, mulch has many other advantages, including helping trees retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Fresh springtime mulch undoubtedly improves trees’ resilience, optimal growth, and long-term well-being. However, we advise avoiding piling mulch against the tree trunk since this may lead to moisture-related issues such as rot.

Water for Optimal Tree Hydration

Just as regular upkeep is essential after deep cleaning inside the home, regular maintenance, such as watering, is a great way to care for trees outside the home. During springtime, temperatures rise, and trees start growing again. A consistent water supply becomes crucial for photosynthesis and nutrient absorption. Regular watering during the spring is especially critical for young or recently transplanted trees, as they may have shallow root systems and are more susceptible to moisture fluctuations. Maintaining optimal soil moisture levels sets the stage for a healthy growing season and long-term vitality for trees.

Fertilize for Maximum Tree Nutrition

As trees emerge from dormancy during the spring, they require a steady supply of nutrients to support robust foliage, vibrant blooms, and overall healthy growth. We typically recommend slow-release fertilizers. They provide a gradual and controlled release of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. 

Contact Us for Your Tree Needs This Spring

As spring begins to bloom and breathe new life into your surroundings, count on LaBier Bros for all your tree service needs. From expert pruning to promote healthy growth to meticulous removal of hazardous trees, our team of experts is ready to provide comprehensive spring tree care. Contact us for the reliable, professional, and timely services you need for happier trees this spring.