2020 doesn’t only have to be about your lawn, you can focus on your trees as well. Your trees are mighty additions to your landscaping and may even be an essential feature of your lawn. Keeping these giants safe and healthy is the least we can do. Here are a few of the top tips to help give you and your trees the best year in tree care.
Dormant oil is one of the best products for tree care. This magical substance is used on dormant trees to eradicate overwintering insects. The viscous oil coats the overwintering pests, cutting off their air supply and freeing your trees of an early headache in the spring. Getting the timing right is essential for dormant oil. The best times to apply dormant oil to your trees is in the early spring and late fall. Apply in the early spring, before any buds start to appear. This will eliminate the overwintering pests from disturbing your trees in the spring, allowing the trees to grow nice and strong. Apply dormant oil again in the late fall to prevent insects from overwintering there in the first place.
A sick or infested tree is a sad sight. Tree-damaging pests and virulent diseases can take their toll on your trees, defoliating them and even killing them. These tree problems can become out of control quickly as they spread throughout your plants. It’s essential to maintain a vigilant schedule with your insect and disease protection. Treatments throughout the spring, summer, and fall may be necessary, depending on your situation. It’s best to have the pros at TruGreen Midsouth handle it.
While it is definitely important to fertilize your lawn, don’t forget to fertilize your trees too. Trees, just like grass and other plants, require nutrients to help it grow and stay healthy. Fertilization is the perfect way to feed your trees. Spring and fall applications of root zone fertilizer are the best approach. Root zone fertilizers are applied directly to the root zone of your trees. This allows the tree competition-free access to the nutrients. Applying in the spring is a great way to help your tree wake up from its winter dormancy. In the fall, root zone fertilization helps the tree stockpile nutrients to help it prepare for the winter ahead.
Adding mulch may be one of the most underrated ways to help your tree. Throughout the year, our trees go through a lot of seasonal and environmental stresses. Mulch is a good way to protect your tree from these stresses. A thin layer of mulch insulates the roots against fluctuating temperatures. It also prevents weeds from growing around the tree. Mulch even helps retain moisture during drought-like conditions. Adding mulch will definitely help your tree have the best year in tree care.
The final way to give your tree the best year in tree care is with precision pruning. Pruning your tree is one of those services that’s not only extremely beneficial, but it’s extremely easy too. This beneficial service helps refocus nutrients to new growth by pruning away ugly, diseased, or broken branches. This service is easiest to do in the late winter when your trees are still dormant. Opening the tree up through pruning helps get better circulation of air throughout the branches. It also allows sunlight to reach the inner, younger growth.
This year, you can protect your beautiful trees with a beneficial and comprehensive tree care program from TruGreen Midsouth. This plan is customized to your individual trees to ensure they get exactly what they need when they need it.
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