Spring Tree Care & Maintenance Tips

Spring time…the trees are budding, then blossoms appear. Why prune your trees now?

Spring is a good time to prune out any frost damage to your trees and other plants, which may have occurred from the harsh winter. In spring, you can prepare your yard for summer landscaping by thinning or removing deadwood and/or removing the unwanted parts of your existing landscaping. This will help prevent damage to any new landscaping.

For more information on tree pruning, watch our brief informational video.

Should I worry about bugs and insects on my trees?

Many insects become active in early spring so now is a good time to consult a professionally trained arborist to inspect your trees and shrubs for unusual pest activity.

What should I do to make sure my trees are healthy after a rough winter?

  • Check your trees for damage that may have occurred over the winter.

  • Check mulch rings to see if additional material needs to be added. If the mulch is less than 2 inches thick, grass growing through it may become troublesome. Enlarge mulch rings whenever possible.

  • Many insects and diseases are active during the spring months. Check your trees and shrubs regularly for any sign of pest activity.

  • If our spring weather is dry, be sure to deeply water your trees and shrubs when necessary. Water is critical during leaf and shoot development.

  • Avoid using herbicides beneath trees that warn against such use on the label. The same herbicides that kill dandelions can hurt trees if they are not applied properly.

  • Fertilize trees and shrubs as part of your normal annual program.

  • Remove critical risk trees if your certified arborist recommends.

  • Weed beds, cut back perennials and trim fall flowering shrubs as appropriate.


For essential tips on treating your trees this spring, download the spring checklist.

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