While hiring the services of a tree surgeon is a sensible step in caring for trees on your property, there is a need for people to be proactive in looking after their property. There are often issues with trees that cannot be seen easily, which is why calling on an expert makes sense, but if you want to minimise the extent of damage to your trees or you are keen to care for your property in a proactive manner, there is a lot to look out for.
When weather starts to turn to spring, many homeowners undertake a spring cleaning, but you shouldn’t limit yourself to cleaning inside your home. You can set your property up for spring and summer by cleaning around your tree. If you used any winter decorations, or you used covers to protect your tree trunks, this is the time of year to remove these.
Look at the base of your tree
You should also look to see if there is any debris gathered around the base of the tree. Leaves, fallen fruit and even twigs may not seem like too much of a problem but if left in place, they can cause problems, particularly for trees that are susceptible to fungal diseases.
However, you should be looking to add a layer of mulch around your trees if you can. The benefits of mulch come with helping the soil to retain its moisture and it also plays a role in suppressing weeds. This is a great step to take if you are caring for young trees but all tress can benefit from this sort of activity.
If the soil is still frozen, there isn’t much point in watering the soil because it will only lead to a run-off. When the soil starts to thaw, this is the time to water your trees ensuring that the trees don’t dry out. If the weather is warm or the temperature is dry, you should look to water your soil on a regular basis.
Pruning your tree is a smart move
Before the end of winter, you should consider pruning your trees as many experts suggest that the period of winter dormancy is the ideal time to do so. However, any broken, damaged or dead branches can be removed in spring time.
Inspecting your tree or trees is an important task and if you have the time and inclination to study the topic, you should do so. However, many people don’t have the time or required level of interest to study this topic so it may be something that is best left to the professionals. Being proactive and calling on the services of an expert can make a massive difference when it comes to getting the very best from your garden.
With so many pests and diseases to be aware of, it can be a difficult task to stay on top of the damage that can harm a tree, so a helping hand always makes sense.