Spring Tree & Pest Manual
Good day, sunshine! After a long, cold, lonely winter, (♫) it’s finally time to open our windows, take a deep breath of fresh air, relax on the hammock, and bask in the sunshine. And, when we’re feeling inspired, it’s also a great time to prune, treat, and fertilize our trees and shrubs, right?
You’re ready to get your trees and shrubs into shape after the long winter, and we’re ready to help! Let this manual be your guide.
This manual covers:
- Spring Tree and Shrub Pruning
- Spring Tree and Shrub Fertilization
- Spring Tree and Shrub Pests and Diseases
Spring Tree and Shrub Pruning
As stated by the Tree Care Industry Association, “The best time for tree health to prune would be in early spring following a carefully written pruning prescription.” The same goes for most shrubs as well.
In other words, it’s springtime – let’s prune!
Pruning is essential for young to medium-aged trees. Without the guidance that pruning provides, your tree could grow laterally as it tries to capture as much sunlight as possible. That lateral growth could lead to codominant trunks and branches, which makes the tree weaker and more prone to failure.
Your young to medium-aged trees should be pruned every 3-5 years to make sure they grow to maturity with a strong structure and good form.
Want to learn more about pruning in any season? Read more here!
Spring Tree and Shrub Fertilization
Depending on the species, trees and shrubs require 16-19 essential elements to grow and thrive. An element is considered essential if the plant can’t complete its life cycle without it and if the element is directly involved in the plant’s metabolism.
Deficiencies are common in the highly altered soils of urban landscapes.
For the majority of trees and shrubs, we provide general fertilization services via soil injection. This application method delivers missing nutrients directly to roots, which avoids the turf competition, surface runoff, and unintended product loss associated with surface broadcast methods.
Some of you may be asking, “Isn’t fertilization a DIY project?” It can be! Many property owners perform surface broadcast fertilization with a rotary or drop spreader. The moderate risks of this do-it-yourself approach can be either under fertilizing (i.e., not effective) or over fertilizing (i.e., using too much or the wrong product). This method also results in more turf competition, surface runoff, and unintended product loss to the environment.
Read more about fertilization here: Should You be Fertilizing Your Trees?
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