Spring is the time when trees leave the dormant state they’ve been in all winter and prepare for the upcoming growing season. Unfortunately, this is one of the most challenging times for them. Pests, diseases, and fungi all want a piece of your vulnerable tree. If you want to see your plants flourish all season, now’s the time to give them extra TLC. We’ve compiled a list of helpful things to keep in mind as you chart your spring tree care plan.
Building Your Spring Tree Care Plan
Early Spring Tree Maintenance
Trimming and pruning your Ohio trees will not only give them a boost, but it also helps them keep their shape and prevents dead or dying branches from falling on persons or property. You’ll want to do this ideally before the leaves have started budding. It’s also important to keep in mind that trimming and pruning are not the same things. Pruning helps the tree divert resources away from damaged or diseased branches. Trimming is usually for larger branches – like those that hang too low over a house or garage.
An easy thing you can do to benefit your trees and shrubs is to add a mulch layer around the base. There are several types of mulch, depending on your tree’s needs, but they all help preserve moisture near the delicate root system. This helps trees make it through those hot, dry days of high summer, and you won’t have to water as often. Also, the mulch will smother out grass or weeds that grow too close to the tree. While grass is a desirable feature of any yard, it can compete with the tree’s roots for nutrients if it grows too close to the tree’s base. A layer of mulch can also add some aesthetic quality to your yard. Just be sure not to make a “mulch volcano” which will hurt your trees.
Spring Tree Pest Prevention
Ohio has no shortage of pests, diseases, and fungi that love to wreak havoc on your precious plants. Fortunately, you can usually eradicate them if you take care of pest control early on in the season. There are several options, including dormant oils, granular substances, or liquid treatments. Your technician will be able to help prevent and protect your trees from a variety of pests.
Tree Diseases And Pests In Ohio:
Chlorosis of the leaves
Thousand Canker Disease
Emerald Ash Borer
Got Diseased Trees? All Is Not Lost!
When you notice spots, scales, or pests infecting your trees, you may think your plant is beyond saving. This isn’t necessarily true. If you act quickly, there’s a good chance you can restore the health of your plant. Contacting your local tree care service will ensure the help of a licensed arborist.
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