The months following Winter are an important time to consider the health of your trees. Performing some early maintenance in March and early April can help to ensure your trees enjoy a long, productive growing season. Here are some important tree care recommendations Florida homeowners should consider to prepare for spring.

Post-Winter Cleanup
Remove twigs, leaves, and other detritus that may have piled up beneath and around trees. If you have used any protective plastic or coverings during the cold winter months be sure to remove them as the warmer months arrive.

Inspect Trees for Damage & Disease
Look for obvious signs of tree disease, including broken branches, holes, molds, and fungi. Also take notice which branches do not put out blossoms or leaves—these are likely dead and ready to be pruned away, ideally by a professional. Our Sustainable Tree Care-certified arborists can recommend when to remove branches, when to add supportive cables, and when it is best to remove the whole tree, rather than risk it falling in severe weather.

Plant New Trees
Trees bring dozens of benefits to your property. They reduce noise levels, stabilize soil, and give wildlife a place to perch. Trees also increase property values while decreasing energy costs. Spring is a great time to add trees, as their roots will have enough time to dig in before scorching summer temperatures hit. Of course, every tree species has its own preferences, so feel free to contact us with questions about the best time to plant a new tree.

Add Mulch
Mulch provides protective cooling during the hottest, driest parts of the year, helps trees retain moisture, and minimizes weed growth. Trees fewer than 10 years old should be mulched, although trees of all ages benefit from mulching.

Water & Fertilize
Watering and Fertilization is important in the spring months. Fertilizer is a good idea whenever soil lacks the nutrients needed to thrive. To figure out if an established tree needs fertilization, observe its shoot growth (the growth that happens in a single year). In general, growth of less than 2 inches suggests fertilizer may be needed. Of course, a certified arborists will take many other factors into account when prescribing the best fertilization approach. In addition to soil testing, foliage color and the history of the yard should also be considered.

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