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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How To Pick The Perfect Christmas Tree For The Holiday Season

Picking The Perfect Christmas Tree

It’s December which means it’s time to decorate (among other things). While shopping, visits to Santa and cookie baking top our to-do lists, so does picking the perfect Christmas tree. It may seem fun and festive to head out to the local nursery or corner stall to buy a tree, but picking the right Christmas tree for your unique needs can make all the difference in your holiday decorating efforts.

Don’t sweat it though, your neighborhood lawn care professionals at Spring-Green is here to guide you through the process of choosing the perfect tree – for you!

The Essential Christmas Tree Buying Guide

What the perfect tree looks like – Selecting the tree to make your holiday decor shine is subjective, but be sure your favorite tree is fresh by looking for shiny and green needles – not brown or dry-looking. If you pull on a branch, the fresh tree’s needles won’t fall off. Evergreen trees like Fraser and Noble Fir are the most popular Christmas trees and for good reason.

They have shorter needles which makes them easy to decorate. Another key attribute of the perfect Christmas tree is some space between the branches to give room for your ornaments, garland and lights to shine through. You’ll also want the tree to have stronger branches that can hold your ornaments. Insider’s tip: bring an ornament with you to test it in key places before you buy!

Artificial versus real Christmas trees – Just like picking the perfect Christmas real tree can be subjective, so is the decision to choose a real Christmas tree or an artificial one. While there is a convenience factor to choosing an artificial tree, some holiday lovers can’t resist the smell of the real Christmas tree in their home.

While artificial trees may be easier and cheaper, the real alternative brings some noteworthy benefits. According to the USDA, most of the real Christmas trees are grown by U.S. farmers. On average, 30 million real trees are sold each year, helping to employ over 100,000 American workers!

Choosing the right size – So, once you’ve decided on the type of tree, it’s time to talk about size and location.

  • Location, location, location – Where in your house are you planning to display your beautiful Christmas tree? Both real and artificial trees can be fire hazards, so be sure to choose a place away from your home’s heat sources like fireplaces, heaters and even sunny windows. Also, keep your tree protected by keeping it out of high traffic areas. Finally, consider where lights will be plugged in and how cords might get in the way before choosing the perfect spot.
  • Size matters – How much space (height and width) will have to comfortable place your tree within? Make a note and, if you’re going with a real tree, it is a good idea to bring a tape measure with you to take measurements of the tree you choose. Be sure to take note of the size of your tree’s trunk so you can find the appropriate stand.

Christmas tree maintenance – Water is the key to keeping your Christmas tree looking great through the entirety of the holiday season. Keep your fresh tree in a stand that holds a lot of water and check the levels every day. In the beginning, your tree may need to be watered more than once a day. Plain water will suffice, but some swear by the additives that can help your tree flourish even longer.

After the festivities – When the holidays end and you’re ready to get rid of your tree, it’s best to look into recycling. Most cities partner with their waste management companies to offer a recycling option, and if not, you could use it for your own garden by converting it to mulch. Please note that you should never burn your Christmas tree as it can create a serious fire hazard.

Picking the best Christmas tree is not rocket science and should not be a stressful part of your holiday season, but it is important. The Christmas tree buying tips from Spring Green, however, take the guesswork out of your tree buying endeavors! If only finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your list was this easy.

We may not be able to help you with the gift shopping, gift wrapping or cookie baking, but if you are in the need of quality, reliable lawn care, our team of dedicated experts are here to help this holiday season and all year long!