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Tree Talk | Spring Tree Care

Posted Mar 06, 2018

By: Mark Spitulski, Certified Arborist, International Society of Arboriculture & Director of Facility & Grounds, Asbury Woods

Spring is a favorite time of year for many people due to the trees coming out of dormancy and once again exhibiting innumerable benefits to our environment. Even though established trees are fairly low maintenance, they do require some attention to keep them healthy.

Here are a few simple steps that can be done in the spring to assure your trees will continue to thrive:

  1. Remove any holiday lights to prevent girdling of branches.
  2. Remove old tree debris from underneath crown of tree to prevent diseases from spreading on certain species.
  3. Add 2-4 inches of mulch under the tree to allow for better soil retention and weed suppression. Remember to leave a 3-inch ring around base of trunk to prevent decay.
  4. Inspect your underground sprinkler systems for leaks and be sure they are placed as not to spray water on the leaves/trunks when in operation. Some trees can be susceptible to disease when constantly wet.
  5. Prune out any dead, dying, or diseased branches.
  6. Inspect tree trunk and branches before they leaf out to find potential damange or hazardous signs, broken branches, or cracks in the trunk.
  7. Keep an eye out for insect or disease signs, this may require the assistance of a local Certified Arborist.