The warmth of the spring sun has awakened the earth and sleepy seedlings are starting to grow, spring flowers are blooming and buds on the trees are bursting out of their protective casings ready to welcome the new season. It’s the perfect time to get ready for the year ahead…
1. Look for tree damage
After the cold and wet winter, you need to check your trees for damage. This might include:
- Holes in the tree trunk
- Soft or crumbling bark
- Dead twigs
The weather isn’t the only danger to your trees, you should also check for signs of disease or pest infestation which can wreak havoc on your garden. It’s vital that you inform a professional as soon as you notice any signs of infection, whether by pests or disease, so that the problem can be nipped in the bud. If you’re not sure what you need to look for, a professional arborist will be able to give you advice about which trees need to be treated or removed altogether.
2. Make way for new growth
Whilst checking your trees for damage, it’s a good idea to prune away the dead twigs and branches. It may just be your hedges that need a trim or they may require a more substantial pruning. Dead trees may need to be cleared away and stumps removed to prevent accidents so that new trees can be planted. It’s important that these tasks are done correctly to ensure healthy hedges and trees can continue to grow, so hire a professional who can get the job done effectively.
3. Fertilise and feed
As your trees and shrubs enter the growing season, it’s important to give them the right start. Using a slow release fertiliser will replace nutrients lost over the winter and also ensure that your trees and shrubs develop resistance to damage from diseases, insects and Mother Nature. In woodland, trees and plants gain nutrients from decaying organic materials such as dead leaves and broken twigs, but to maintain the beauty of our landscaped gardens, this debris is often removed leaving our trees and plants without their natural food source. In order to keep plants and trees healthy, these nutrients that have been removed need to be replaced with a good quality fertiliser.
4. Have a check-up
If you are concerned or worried about your plants or trees, it’s important that you contact someone who specialises in their care and maintenance. Ideally you should have a trained arborist inspect your garden at least once a year, and spring is the perfect time as it’s easier to spot potential problems. An arborist can identify hazards, notice things that your untrained eye will easily miss and then deal effectively with the issues you’re having or give you further advice about how to care for your garden.