Spring Checklist

When winter woes bring you down, think spring! Plan for a happy, healthy growing season using the 5 tips below.

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Need help tackling your spring tree and shrub care checklist? We can help! Contact your local Davey Tree service professionally trained arborist for a free consultation.

 

 

1. Inspect trees and shrubs.

When melting snow and rainfall occur simultaneously, your landscape may encounter standing water and/or flood damage. Pay close attention to critical risk trees and consult a professionally-trained arborist to determine whether removal and/or pest and disease treatments are necessary.

Talking Trees: Spring Tree Inspection

 

Talking Trees: Spring Tree Inspection
In this video, ISA Certified Arborist Jim Houston discusses the importance of inspecting your trees every spring, including signs you should be looking for.

 

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2. Prune dead branches.

Want healthy trees? Proper pruning protects your green assets from the unsafe branches that suffered damage from winter weather. Your local Davey arborist may recommend cabling and bracing, to reduce strain and stress damage from high winds, or lightning protection for future spring and summer storms.

Talking Trees: How to Properly Prune Your Trees

 

Talking Trees: How to Properly Prune Your Trees
ISA Board Certified Master Arborist Steve Nagy discusses the benefits of dormant season pruning as well as how to properly prune your trees in this video.

 

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3. Plant new trees.

Spread your love for trees this spring. Davey Tree Service shares several resources you need for proper planting, following the “right tree, right place” principle.

Talking Trees: How To Plant a Tree Part One

 

Talking Trees: How to Plant a Tree
ISA Board Certified Master Arborist RJ Laverne provides some "how to" in our How to Plant a Tree series.

 

 

Talking Trees: How to Plant Your Tree at the Proper Depth

 

Talking Trees: How to Plant Your Tree at the Proper Depth
ISA Certified Arborist Jim Houston hosts a video on a common planting pitfall: planting a tree at the proper depth.

 


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4. Mulch your landscape.

Mulch secures the organic matter trees need beneath the soil surface. Conserve soil moisture and control weeds with proper mulching techniques.

Talking Trees: How to Properly Mulch Your Trees

 

Talking Trees: How to Properly Mulch Your Trees
Need help applying mulch? Learn more from Davey professional Shawn Fitzgerald in this video on proper mulching.

 

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5. Fertilize plants.

Before your trees and shrubs enter peak growing season, apply a slow-release fertilizer to not only replace nutrients, but also to improve plants’ resistance to damage from diseases, insects and stressful weather.

Talking Trees: How and Why to Fertilize Your Trees

 

Talking Trees: How and Why to Fertilize Your Trees
Watch this video featuring ISA Board Certified Master Arborist RJ Laverne to learn more about tree fertilization and its benefits.

 

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