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Tree Talk | Spring Tree Care

Posted May 02, 2019
Tree Talk

By Mark Spitulski, ISA Certified Arborist and Asbury Woods Director of Facilities and Grounds

It’s time for your trees to wake up!

Spring is here and your trees are waking up with the warmer temperatures and longer days of sun exposure helping that process. I always look forward to this time of year and enjoy watching how the tree buds are swelling and getting ready to develop new leaves to start making food through the process of photosynthesis. As your trees are waking up this spring and going through their seasonal biological changes, it’s the perfect time to make sure they are healthy and safe.

As your tree is developing new leaves, inspect the tree crown and trunk for any signs of structural damage. When the tree is fully leafed out it can be difficult to notice these issues. Look for broken, split or hanging branches that could cause harm people or structures. Inspect the tree trunk for any new cavities or animal damage. Small animals will sometimes eat bark at the bottom of younger trees, which can lead to girdling damage, causing the tree’s vascular system to be compromised. Inspect where the main branches are attached to the trunk and look for cracks.

When your tree is fully leafed out it’s time to look for any insect or disease damage. Catching these problems as early as possible is the most beneficial to the health of your tree. Disease symptoms on tree leaves or needles include: discolorations, spots, mottling, early leaf drop, or death. Most tree diseases, if caught and treated properly, can be suppressed enough to allow the tree to stay healthy. Insect symptoms are seen by leaves having chewed edges, holes, discolorations or death. Insect damage is usually easier to eradicate than diseases, but once again it all comes down to catching the problem as soon as possible. Keep in mind that some disease or insect issues may not be actually hurting your tree so identifying these symptoms comes first and then getting a professional arborist to confirm your concerns is the best way to keep your trees healthy and thriving.