Get Some Re-Leaf This Spring: Four Springtime Tree Care Tips

With spring just around the corner, many homeowners are ready for fresher, better yards. This all starts with trees, the most impressive element of yard scenery. You can prepare for gardening and landscaping all through the summer and fall with these spring tree care tips.

Inspect Landscape Plants

Start by inspecting your plants, foremost among them trees and shrubs. Make sure spring rains aren’t causing water to pool around the base of plants, which can drown them. Check for signs of damage from pests or disease, and call a professional arborist if your trees or shrubs look sick, so you can take care of the problem right away.

Prune Trees and Shrubs

Depending on the specimen, trees and shrubs like to be pruned in spring or summer. You should remove dead branches and any that look diseased. Start by checking for new growth. Any branches that show no signs of development where others are blooming or leafing out are probably dead, and should be removed. Also check for holes, weeping sores or malformed leaves/twigs, which are signs of infection or pests.

Plant New Specimens

Spring is also the ideal time to plant new shrubs and trees. Do this early so the plants have time to get established before hot summer weather hits, which most plants find stressful. Mulch and fertilize your new plants to give them a fresh start. Now is also the time to fertilize trees and apply a new layer of mulch in the rest of the yard – but avoid mulch volcanoes!

Care for Your Lawn … Gently!

A well-tended lawn is important for healthy trees. Lawns with a lot of debris on them for many months can harbor disease, which can be passed to trees. Therefore when spring arrives, it’s time to clean up the green. Pick up sticks and branches, gently rake up leaves and, if it’s dry enough and grasses have started growing again, do a light mow. The key word here is gentle, because until the ground dries out and firms up, grasses are susceptible to being uprooted.

Need help? Premier Tree Solutions is a rapidly expanding tree-care business in Atlanta, Georgia. We specialize in a variety of services, including pruning and trimming trees, removing trees, cleaning up after storms, clearing debris, grinding stumps and Bobcat work. Don’t hesitate to call us (404-252-6448) when you need help!

Don’t Let Trees Become a Thorny Property Issue: Six Reasons to Prune Your Trees

Many business property owners aren’t sure whether this is necessary or if they should just leave trees to their own devices, but the truth is trees are much happier when pruned. Pruning has a host of other benefits as well. Let’s explore them below.

Sign Visibility 

The ability to see signs can prevent accidents and vehicle blockages, help people avoid tickets, and streamline traffic in residential neighborhoods and in commercial parks. Always prune branches out of the way.

Building Clearance

People need to be able to get in and out of doorways, walkways or other entrances and exits safely and easily. Overgrown trees can crowd out entrances and make delivery of packages or other errands difficult, especially at commercial buildings. Trees near the roofs of buildings encourage growth of moss on dropped debris, and allow animals’ access to ventilation systems and chimneys via the roof. Keep branches well away from buildings to prevent this.

Parking

Parking cars and trucks is hampered when tree branches are hanging into driveways or parking lots. Branches must be trimmed to both stay out of parking spots’ horizontal space and allow enough room for cars to fit underneath them.

Storm Safety

Unpruned, overgrown trees can pose a hazard when winter weather or summer storms hit. Icy weather, for instance, makes trees heavy and more likely to crack at weak joints, while high winds may knock limbs down. Pruning trees helps remove limbs that are growing at improper angles and are most likely to fall off when stressed, especially when done by an expert.

Tree Health

Trees are happier when they have fewer branches to focus on. They can put their energy and resources toward fewer, healthier branches rather than trying to grow a bunch at once.

You Can Get Help

Not sure how to prune trees yourself? No worries! Premier Tree Solutions is fully equipped and experienced at serving both commercial and residential properties. You can trust us to assist you with all your tree needs, so call 404.252.6448 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to helping you!