Fruit Tree Care Tips

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Having a fruit tree in your backyard can be one of the most rewarding things. Enjoying freshly picked berries, apples, mangoes, avocados, and others can create delicious delicacies and family memories that last a lifetime. Proper care for your fruit trees is the key to keeping the fun flowing. The Spring-Green team, leaders in lawn care since 1977, wants your enjoyment of your fruit trees to last for years to come, so we put this guide together to help you understand how to care for them. While care will vary based on your fruit tree varietals and the region of the world you reside, these best practices will help you build a strong foundation for success care of your fruit trees.

Everything to Know About Caring for Your Backyard Fruit Trees

“An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure”: This old adage is almost always true; Understanding how to prevent an issue with your fruit tree is the best way to keep the enjoyment lasting for many years to come.

  • Fertilizer – It’s recommended that you fertilize your young fruit tree once each year, typically in the spring before the tree fruit blooms. It’s recommended that fertilizer usage increases over the years as the tree matures. Be sure to water immediately after fertilization to ensure the fertilizer gets into the tree’s roots.
  • Pest Prevention – Watch for signs of damage from pests that can hurt the fruit tree. Be sure to weed regularly and pick up fallen fruit, as well as trim off dead branches.
  • Mulching – A layer of mulch applied to the base of the fruit tree not only protects the soil when temperatures drop, it also boosts the healthiness of the soil. Mulch should consist of compost, wood chips, grass clippings, shredded leaves, pine needles, or wood nuggets.

Get Good at Pruning: Regular pruning is important to keeping your fruit trees healthy long-term. Depending on the climate where you live, the bulk of the fruit pruning will take place in winter. Some pruning should regularly take place all year long as well. The National Gardening Association recommends pruning suckers and waterspouts in early summer months to reduce chances of disease and insect issues.

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Young vs. Mature Fruit Trees: Your care regimen for young versus mature fruit trees is slightly different. Let’s check out some of the best practices for your trees, depending on age.

  • Water a young fruit tree once every-other week.
  • Mature fruit trees still need a thorough watering on a regular basis from you or rainfall.
  • Fertilize your young tree gently as it grows and be sure to trim with pruning shears as needed.
  • Use fertilizer intended for mature fruit trees when they have been in the ground for three years or more.
  • For a newly-planted fruit tree, cut the top at around three feet and make sure the branches are uniformly spaced-apart.
  • Mature trees require a yearly pruning in either late winter or early spring, removing dead and broken branches.
  • No more than one third of the total growth on the tree should be removed in one season.

Planting Fruit Trees: Questions swirl for newbie fruit tree planters like “lots of direct sun versus no sun,” or “how do I prepare the ground?” as well as “how often do I water my newly-planted fruit tree?” No worries. Spring-Green has the details you need to get started on a good foot:

  • Water a young fruit tree once every other week. Most fruit trees require that you apply enough water to moisten the soil to a depth of three feet to reach the roots.
  • Find a place in your backyard (or front yard) where your fruit trees can get approximately six hours of sun each day.
  • Be sure your fruit tree is planted a minimum of three to six feet from sidewalks, driveways, and buildings.
  • If you’re planting more than one tree, allow 10 to 15 feet of space between each tree.

What if Your Fruit Tree is Sick?

Ways to treat a diseased fruit tree will vary depending on the type of tree and your location. However, a copper spray, found in most home improvement stores or nurseries, resolves most common fruit tree diseases. You may also explore insecticidal soaps to get rid of common pests like aphids and mites. If the disease is only harming a small portion of the tree, cut away the dead branches damaged by the disease, and with each cut be sure to disinfect your tools with a bleach or alcohol solution. When removing diseased branches, make you’re pruning cut is six inches below the diseased area. You can also learn about how to rejuvenate mature fruit trees that haven’t produced much fruit in their later years here.

Your backyard environment needs some assistance to provide the same benefits to trees and shrubs as a natural forest habitat. Spring-Green offers homeowners expert guidance in caring for fruit trees, along with other types of trees, including shrubs. Our tree and shrub care program is designed to provide quality service at an affordable price. We can provide tips for maintenance and prevention, as well as assistance when your fruit trees encounter a problem. Since 1977, we’ve provided neighborhoods just like yours with the very best in lawn care, which, of course, includes your fruit trees.

Check out Spring-Green’s…

  • 2-Step Tree Program – Nourish and protect your fruit trees with Spring-Green’s tree and shrub care programs and services that keep your landscape looking beautiful and save you tons on replacement costs.
  • Root Feeding Service – Spring-Green offers a deep root service that delivers essential nutrients directly to your fruit tree’s root zone.
  • Specialty Injections – Tree trunk injections can allow your fruit tree to fight certain types of leaf diseases or insects.

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Top Tips for Spring Tree Care

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As we enter into spring and embark on the warm summer months, many homeowners are left grappling with caring for their trees as the seasons change. Questions swirl around the tree-loving homeowner’s mind like: How do I care for my trees as they come out of dormancy? How do I help my trees stay healthy in the spring? These questions and so many others are about to be demystified, so you can feel confident that your trees are going to thrive as they move into spring as well as the rest of the year.

The 1,2,3’s of Caring for Trees This Spring & Year-Round

  • Understand Dormancy and How It Works – Trees have an extremely resilient nature and an inner intelligence that allows them to go dormant during bitter cold periods of winter and, like clockwork, wake up when spring finally brings warmer temps. Scientists determined that trees actually block communication between the cells inside the bud during winter, preventing growth cells from developing.
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  • Inspect Your Trees and Shrubs – Once the snow begins to melt, and the temperatures slowly begin to climb, it’s a good time to take a venture outdoors and examine the state of your trees and shrubs. During a harsh winter, the conditions can have an impact on the well being of your trees and shrubbery. Look for injuries from freezing temperatures that may have caused bark to split or browning on evergreens from winter burn. As we enter spring, it’s the essential time to treat any of these issues and prevent them from causing further damage.
  • Prune Away Dead Branches – As we enter spring, it’s time to grab the pruning shears and clear away the dead branches. The general rule of thumb is to prune spring flowering trees and shrubs after they flower in the spring. The flower buds from those plants were set in fall, so shearing or shaping of these plants in the spring will result in fewer flowers. Individual limbs can be removed if they are crossing another limb, are damaged, or if you want to improve the shape of the plant. It’s also highly recommended to prune at this time to improve airflow and light penetration.
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  • Break Out the Mulch – Your mulching efforts at the start of spring will help retain moisture, even if the temperatures drop to extreme levels as they can do during the unpredictable spring. Mulching has many other benefits, including weed prevention and lessening the likelihood of attacks from borers, ants, and beetles. Three inches of mulch is all you need and be sure to avoid piling mulch up on the trunks of trees to form “mulch volcanoes.”
  • The Time to Water Is Now – Step up your tree watering game as you enter spring and gear up for summer with these best practices – water deeply but infrequently, don’t over water, and water during periods of drought. Also monitor moisture levels, making sure your trees don’t dry out your trees. This is an excellent time to check on the sprinkler system too, ensuring they are working properly, and that the coverage is accurate.
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Caring for trees and shrubs requires a year-round effort. As we exit the cold months and step into spring, we can set our trees up to thrive by following a few easy instructions. And, if you need some more help with any aspect of your arbor or lawn care, Spring-Green has a team of professionals ready to mobilize and assist you with all your needs.

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Tree Care: Benefits Of Trees In Our Environment

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Trees are a quintessential part of our global ecosystem and our own community environments for so many reasons! On Arbor Day each year, we celebrate and promote the importance of trees in our lives, but here at Spring-Green, we think about and celebrate trees all year round. In fact, we’ve made it our business, literally, to help home and business owners create the perfect landscapes full of trees to enhance all of our lives. And, we don’t stop there, tree care is important to protect that environment and your investment in it. We’re here with all the tree and shrub services and tree care tips you need to support your trees’ health and beauty. Let’s have some fun today learning more about Arbor Day and all things tree-related.

The History + Significance of Arbor Day – Arbor Day was the brainchild of Great Plains resident, J. Sterling Morton back in the late 1800s.

He and his wife moved from Michigan to the Nebraska Territory, a land absent of trees. His goal was to encourage tree-planting to beautify the environment and attract new residents to the area. 1872 marked the first Arbor Day, and it was said that one million trees were planted in Nebraska that year. Later in life, J. Sterling Morton took on the role of U. S. Secretary of Agriculture and brought Arbor Day to the federal level. Today, every state and many countries, recognize Arbor Day as a day of dedicated to encouraging tree planting.

Why Trees Are Important To Our Environment

Arbor Day has been celebrated for over 100 years, but its importance is even more poignant than when it was first introduced by J. Sterling Morton way back when. Deforestation has an enormously detrimental impact on our global environment, and the effects are widespread.

Here are some of the benefits trees offer to the world around us:

Trees fight climate change. Trees battle climate change by helping to remove carbon dioxide from the air as well as releasing more oxygen into the atmosphere. For this reason, deforestation has contributed to climate change in recent years.

Trees tame stormwater. Rain is needed in our environment, but without trees, stormwater runoff can wreak havoc. Trees provide a needed benefit to our community infrastructure by shielding us from water generated during rainy periods.

Trees help with conservation. In the agricultural industry, trees can have many benefits such as improving crop yields and preserving topsoil. In addition, trees planted strategically in wetland areas can prevent erosion and even contribute to cleaner water and flood control.

Trees save on energy consumption (and costs). Summer shade, winter warmth, wind shield are all ways that can help reduce our energy consumption. Your local landscape professional can help create a strategic tree planting plan to place the right trees in the right places to save on energy costs and benefit the overall climate around you.

Like all living organisms, trees and shrubs need proper nutrients to live long, healthy lives. The proper maintenance methods can prevent against tree diseases and insect invasion, and with these tree maintenance tips you can help improve the health and beauty of your trees.

Spring-Green Tree Care Services

Arbor Day is the perfect time of the year to give some attention to trees – or, really, any day of the year is perfect for arbor care! Trees do so much to enhance our lives and protect our environment, they deserve year round attention, don’t you agree?

From cooling shade to winter wind shield to attracting birds and wildlife, they bring so much to us in the way of individual comfort. Add in how tree contribute to the holistic environment around us by purifying the air, reducing the occurrence of soil erosion, helping to clean the water and giving kids a fun place to play, and surely you understand why trees matter so much.

The Spring-Green team is working on tree care services all year long. We work with our customers to help them create beauty, improve their own personal enjoyment of their landscapes and gardens and, whenever possible save money on energy costs – all while contributing positively to the environment around them.

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Spring-Green Lawn Care Plants 100,000 Trees With Arbor Day Foundation

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Over the past ten years, Spring-Green has worked with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant over 100,000 trees across the country. This year, the donation of trees will go to Georgia’s upper Altamaha watershed.

Spring-Green Lawn Care has been donating to Arbor Day Foundation for the planting of trees, totaling over 100,000 trees to date being planted. Since 2010, the donations were allocated by Arbor Day Foundation towards the planting of trees in forests across the country such as Florence County State Forest, Pere Marquette State Forest, Shawnee National Forest, Michigan State Forest, and Douglas County Forest. This year, the donation to plant trees will be allotted to Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery Program.

The Community Tree Recovery Program plants trees in areas that have been affected by natural disasters in areas all over the country. Currently, there are several campaigns in the works and each tree is planted with the goal of bringing beauty, healing, and hope to communities that have been affected by natural disasters. Trees are planted along streets, parks, and yards.

Spring-Green Lawn Care chose to begin working with Arbor Day Foundation in 2010 because of their love for the outdoors and for greener, healthier lawns – which cannot be accomplished without trees. This year, Spring-Green Lawn Care wanted their donation to be applied specifically for communities in need and Arbor Day Foundation was happy to help. Spring-Green Lawn Care’s donation will go to Georgia’s upper Altamaha watershed.

The Altamaha River watershed supports the largest concentration of rare species of any river in the state. Over 10 rare endangered plant and animal species are found in or along the river. This project will help restore habitats for these species, including the gopher tortoise, a keystone species for many other animals in the watershed. Additionally, long leaf pine will be replanted in the uplands of the watershed to restore native habitat and to provide clean water for the smaller streams and rivers in the area.

“With the support of Spring-Green Lawn Care, Arbor Day Foundation is helping communities affected by a natural disaster to replant trees and in turn bring hope and healing back to the people of these communities” said Dan Lambe, President of Arbor Day Foundation.

Bumps On Leaves? Learn About Leaf Bladder Galls

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While doing some yard work last weekend, I saw the first leaf that had dropped due to an excess of Maple Bladder Galls growing on it. The leaf dropped not because of any direct injury to the leaf by these wart-like structures, but because there were so many of them that formed on the leaf that it could no longer stay attached to the branch.

Every year I receive numerous pictures from our Field Service Professionals asking about these weirdly shaped growths or galls form on the leaves of Maples, Ash, Oaks and Cottonwoods. The growths take on many shapes such as: the wart-like growths on maples, nipple galls on the underside of hackberry leaves, spindle galls on lindens or maples, velvet galls on maples and birches and the list of shapes and trees attacked goes on and on.

Source of the Gall Formations

There are several insects and insect relatives that are the source of the gall formations. These insects often secrete a substance on the leaf, which reacts by increasing its normal plant growth hormones. This results in an increase in the size or number of cells, which is what causes the gall.

Many of the galls are the result of the feeding by a tiny eriophyid mite that has overwintered on the plant and begins feeding in the spring as the leaves begin to develop. These mites are the source of most of the bladder, spindle and velvet galls. Psyllids, or jumping plant lice, are the source of nipple galls that form on the underside of leaves. Adelgids are an aphid-like insect that feeds on many types of conifers which results in the development of Cooley spruce galls.

Sometimes the insects will live inside the gall as it develops around them. One of the more interesting is the Jumping Oak Gall, which forms on White Oaks. A stingless female wasp will lay a single egg on a developing leaf bud. After hatching, the larva feeds on the gall tissue that forms around it.

In the early summer, the galls fall to the ground and the larva will jump in an effort to escape the gall, similar to the jumping of a Mexican Jumping Bean. It is an interesting site to see dozens of tiny little balls jumping on the ground underneath an oak tree.

Preventative Treatment for Leaf Bladder Galls

Trying to treat for these gall-producing insects or insect relatives is very difficult since most of the activity begins very early in the spring as buds are opening and before most people even think about treating for insect problems. The damage that is caused is not detrimental to the tree and is purely cosmetic. It definitely can be disconcerting to see leaves fall in the summertime, covered with bumps or spindles or other oddly shaded growths. A mature, healthy tree can have more than 200,000 leaves, so losing a few is not critical to the tree’s survival.

The exception to the cosmetic damage is the Cooley Spruce Gall Adelgid. Small infestations are not a major concern, but large outbreaks can disfigure the tree and cause entire branches to die back. There are control options to treat for the adelgids. If you think you may have a problem with this insect pest or have any other concerns on your home landscape, contact your neighborhood lawn and landscape professional at Spring-Green.

Have You Seen Weird Growths On The Leaves Of Your Trees?

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At this time of year, I receive pictures from Spring-Green employees of weird growths on leaves that are causing concern from their customers. Often times, the leaves have fallen to the ground and covered with weirdly-shaped structures growing out of the leaf surface. These are galls. Galls are abnormal growths caused by various organisms, such as insects, mites, nematodes, fungi, bacteria and viruses.

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Galls can take on an assortment of shapes and colors, which is why customers become concerned. Fortunately, these galls rarely threaten the health of the plant.  The reason why leaves often fall when there are numerous galls present is due to the sheer weight that is added to the leaf. The problem is purely cosmetic and control is normally not required or recommended.

An assortment of insects and insect relatives are the source for many of these galls. These organisms may often secrete a substance in the leaf, which reacts by increasing its normal plant growth hormones. This results in an increase in the size or number of cells, which is what causes the gall.

Most of the gall production occurs in the spring when leaves are first beginning to open. The organisms that form the gall often live within the gall itself as it develops around them.

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One type of organism is called eriophyid mites.  Different species of these mites can form spindle galls, bladder galls or velvet galls. Psyllids will form nipple galls or blister galls. Nipple galls form on the underside of the leaf surface.  Aphids will cause a gall to develop on the stem or petiole of cottonwood or poplar trees. Adelgids are the source of galls on many conifers, including the Cooley Spruce Adelgid gall.

There are even tiny species of wasps that cause galls to develop on the leaves of some trees.  One of the more interesting is the Jumping Oak Gall. These galls are formed by a sting-less wasp and effects White Oaks. The female lays a single egg in the developing leaf bud. When the egg hatches, the larva lives in and feeds on the gall tissue that forms around it. In the early summer, the galls will fall to the ground and the larva will jump in an effort to escape the gall, similar to the jumping of a Mexican Jumping Bean.

Galls are just part of nature and their formation usually does not affect the overall health of the tree or shrub. They may cause some leaves to fall, but they are going to fall anyway, so don’t let them bother you.

Fall Yard Chores: Get a Head Start on the Spring

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In my last blog post, I wrote about pulling up annual plants, judging which ones did well, cutting back perennials and mulching instead of raking your leaves. Here are some other chores to finish before winter sets in:

If you have a sprinkler system and haven’t had it blown out yet, time is rapidly running out.

Apply one more fertilization for the fall. For warm season grasses, you want to use a fertilizer that has very little nitrogen in it. For cool-season grasses, you want to apply a fertilizer that contains a high percentage of nitrogen.

If the temperatures are in the mid 50’s or above, plants will still be photosynthesizing, which means you can still control broadleaf weeds. This is the time of year to spray the difficult to control weeds, like wild violets or ground ivy. As these plants move food into their roots, the weed control will also be moved, working to control these weeds so that they will be less of a problem next year.

Fall is a great time to root feed your trees and shrubs. The best way to do this is to use a root feeder. You can purchase a root feeder at many hardware stores or home improvement centers, although most people hire a professional tree care company like Spring-Green to do the work for them.

Fall is also a great time to clean up your lawn mower. Many hardware stores provide this service, or you can do it yourself. If your mower has a 4-cycle engine, drain and replace the oil. Clean out the underside of the deck and scrape out the built up grass. Remove and sharpen the mower blade. Add a fuel stabilizer to the fuel tank so that it is ready to go next spring.

Finally, be sure to unscrew your garden hose from the spigot. I live in an area where temperatures often dip well below freezing, so I have to make sure I turn off the water inside so that the pipes do not freeze.

Fall always is a sad time in regards to gardening, at least for those of us that live in the northern climates. Spring will return before we know it and the whole process starts again. I can’t wait for the first of the seed catalogs and gardening fliers to start arriving in January.

If you’ve got better things to do, don’t worry—it’s not too late to start lawn care service. Get more info on our competitive rates, quality guarantee, and variety of services today.

What You Need to Know About Bagworms

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If you have junipers or arbor vitae in your landscape, you could have bagworms! To determine if you do have these little fellows in your plants, you can check for small, teardrop shaped bags or cases of tied-up plant material. These cases will be anywhere from ¼ to 1 inch in length. The larvae that are within the bags will emerge to feed on evergreens as well as deciduous trees and shrubs.

The overwintering larvae hatch in June and climb to the top of the plant. There, the tiny larvae send out a single strand of silk that is 1 to 3 feet in length. These strands are caught up in the wind and are carried wherever the wind may blow. Once they land on a suitable host plant, they often begin feeding at the top and work their way downward. You can find them commonly on spruces, junipers, arbor vitae, red cedar, cypress, oaks and crabapple trees. These insects have quite the taste for evergreens.

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The bagworms spin individual silk tents and cover themselves with foliage from the host plant. They crawl out of the tents to feed on surrounding vegetation. They continue feeding through the summer and can cause extensive damage. The leaves on the plants will regrow, but the needles on evergreens don’t come back and the tree may die if the feeding is left unchecked.

If there are just a few bags on a tree or shrub, they can be picked off and thrown away. Do not throw them on the ground as the larva will climb right back into the tree and start feeding again. Insect control sprays work better on the younger larvae.

For more information about bagworms and ways to control them, contact your local Spring-Green professional.

Our Top Trusty Tree Care Tips

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Caring for your trees and shrubs may seem like a fairly straightforward task, and one that almost any homeowner can handle. When it comes to trees and shrubs, you can plant them, water them, spray them, feed them, and even prune them—which all sound like simple tasks, but the devil is in the details. To help you, we put together a list of our top trusty tree care tips.

Choosing Your Tree

Most homeowners are fairly good at picking out the correct tree or shrub, but occasionally, they will choose the wrong plant for the location. These are probably the two biggest errors that homeowners make: they don’t think about the amount of sun that the plant will receive or the eventual size that the plant will grow to be. When shopping at the local nursery or garden center, plants usually come with a small tag that provides information on whether or not it needs sun and how big it will become. Shade-loving plants will scorch in the direct sun. Sun-loving plants, especially flowering plants, will not flower as profusely when planted in the shade. Many homeowners are anxious to have their landscape fill in as quickly as possible and have a tendency to over plant their landscape beds. In a few years, plants are crowding each other or are covering doors or windows on the house.

Planting Your Tree

Planting trees seems like a simple process. You dig a hole in the ground, place the plant in the hole, fill it back in with soil, and everything is done. But what else goes into the seemingly simple task of planting a tree or shrub? To start with, how big do you dig the hole? Many landscape professionals state that the hole should be twice as large as the width of container of tree ball. The depth should be at a point where the top of the container of tree ball is at or slightly higher than the ground level. If the plant was grown in a pot and the roots are growing in a circle, they should either be cut or gently coaxed out of their circular growth pattern. If not, the roots will continue to grow in a circular pattern and could eventually girdle or strangle the plant in several years.

Bonus Tree Care Tip: Some people think it is a good practice to replace the existing soil with a nice mix of pulverized top soil, peat moss, and other additives. This can result in the roots growing within the nice fertile soil and never pushing into the native soil. So, it is often best to use the soil that was removed when the hole was first dug.

Pest Control

If you need to apply an insect or disease control to a tree or shrub, after identifying the problem, you need to know where in its life cycle the disease or insect is currently in to be sure that whatever control application you use will work as intended. You also need to make sure the product you are using is labeled to control the correct pest and that you read and follow all label directions. Do not think that “if a little is good, a lot is better.” Following this adage may result in damage to the plant. Depending upon the severity of damage, the size of the plants, and amount of plants that have to be sprayed, it may be a better choice to leave this work to licensed, trained professionals.

Feeding Your Trees

Feeding your plants is another task that seems fairly easy to handle, but again, there are aspects of tree feeding that require some expertise as well as specialized equipment to supply the nutrients to the area that produces the best results—the roots. Foliar feeding is okay, but if the roots cannot handle the increased leaf growth, the plant can suffer. This is another practice that is best left to the professionals.

Pruning Your Trees

Finally, pruning a tree or shrub may seem like an easy task to handle and, in many cases, it is fairly easy (if you can keep both feet on the ground). Generally, you should prune flowering shrubs after they have flowered. Don’t wait until fall, as the blooms for next year are often set by the fall. The same is true with evergreens, such as yews or junipers.

Prune after they have produced their spring flush of growth.

Whenever you are pruning a limb on a tree, make the cut right after a shoot or other branch. Never make a cut in the middle of the branch. Most homeowners can handle the shearing of shrubs or minor pruning of trees. The hardest task is not the pruning work itself, but the clean-up. If you need to do drastic pruning, especially of large trees, hire a certified tree care company to do the work. It can be dangerous work if you don’t know what you are doing, and improper pruning can affect the overall health of the plant.

Of course, there are other considerations that may be required to keep your landscape healthy and attractive other than these basic tree maintenance tips. Hiring a professional to do the work for you may be your best – and safest – option.

What Do Trees Do? A Lot More Than You Think.

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Trees are an important element in our lives as human beings. If you go to Arbor Day Foundation’s website, you can find all sorts of information on the environmental and economic benefits that trees provide. Spring-Green has worked with with Arbor Day Foundation since 2010, donating to the effort of planting over 50,000 trees across the country. It is part of our commitment to improve the environment in which we work.

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The Many Benefits of Trees

Sometimes it’s easy to forget the benefits that trees provide us besides helping us to keep a little cooler in the hot summer months, but according to Arbor Day Foundation’s website, trees provide much more than just shade. A mature shade tree can increase the value of a home by as much as $10,000, and many relators have stated that mature trees can have a major impact on the their ability to sell a home.

“One acre of forest absorbs 6 tons of carbon dioxide and puts out 4 tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.” – U.S. Department of Agriculture

Just like lawns, trees absorb carbon dioxide and give out an abundance of oxygen. According to Arbor Day Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “One acre of forest absorbs 6 tons of carbon dioxide and puts out 4 tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.” It goes without saying that without trees and lawns, we would not have much oxygen to breathe.

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What else do trees do?

Having a tree to shade your house can reduce your cooling costs every summer, especially when planted on the south or west side of your home – and each year the tree grows, your savings will increase. Trees will also reduce air pollution and serve as a wind breaker to help protect your home.

Trees in an urban environment do require more care than they do in their natural environment, but caring for trees creates jobs for many people. Tree trimming companies, arborists, tree care companies, landscapers, tree nurseries, and garden centers all employ people to work for them. Many major universities offer degrees in Ornamental Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, Forestry and Arboriculture. These same universities engage in research on tree care as well as pest control programs to protect trees from major pest infestations. Caring for trees is a big business!

Trees are not only pleasing to look at, they are a major influence on our health as well as our economy. Caring for trees can be a rewarding and fulfilling endeavor. To commemorate this year’s Arbor Day, do your part and plant a tree today.