Tree Maintenance Tips

Most homeowners are aware of the importance of watering and fertilizing…

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Prune dead branches.
Removing dead branches not only improves a tree’s appearance but also helps keep it healthy.

Fertilize.
Spring is the perfect time to fertilize your trees, though fertilizer may be applied year round. Tree fertilizer spikes are a good way to provide long-lasting feeding.

Water.
Many people overlook the importance of watering trees. In particular, newly planted trees need ample moisture, but all trees can benefit from regular watering. But be careful not to overdo it! The soil around the tree should be moist but not muddy.

Mulch.
In addition to being an attractive landscaping accent, mulch helps retain moisture and protect the roots around the tree. Be sure to apply the right amount and type of mulch for the tree. A depth of 2-3 inches is recommended.

Watch for disease and parasites.
Inspect your trees and look for signs of disease like damaged or wilting leaves or bark damage caused by fungus growth. Also watch for evidence of parasites like ants or beetles, which may cause holes in the bark or sawdust accumulation around the tree’s base.

If you have numerous trees on your property or if you find any trees that show signs of disease or parasites, consider hiring a qualified tree and shrub service like TruGreen® to diagnose and treat the problems.

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