Thursday, April 23, 2009

Springtime Care for Your Trees

Spring is finally here and I’m sooooo happy! And so are my trees (but maybe not my sinuses). To keep them happy, I’m planning to follow instructions from my friendly neighborhood arborist (The Care of Trees):

  • Inspect for winter damage
  • Plan for pest management (look out for bag worms, ash borers, gypsy moths, and long-horned beetles)
  • Plant new trees (ok, I just planted a hydrangea bush, berry bushes, and some wildflower seeds, but still…)
  • Mulch your trees (This is apparently the most important step in protecting your trees – it cools roots in the summer, and keeps them warm in the winter. Aim for 2-4 inches of mulch extending outward in a circle, ideally as far as the branches reach. Keep the mulch away from the tree bark to protect the trunk from rodents)
  • Prune spring-blooming ornamental trees and shrubs
  • Prepare soaker hoses for drought conditions

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