Spring Tree Inspection

Inspecting your trees are easy. Here are some things to look for to make sure your trees are doing great.

1. Look at the ground first - Start at the ground area around the tree and work your way up. Check for girdling roots and crossing roots. Have your root system pruned professionally.

In evergreen trees mostly, do you notice your tree is tipping over? Excessive standing water or flood damage can make the ground area around the tree weak. Grade or mulch the area around the tree properly and have them inspected by a professional arborist.

2. Trunk, Stems & Branches - Look at your trees trunk for deformities, splits, cracks. Have them cleaned up so there is no loose bark or cavities. This will eliminate rotting debris, and water to pool or sit in those areas.

Look at your stem and branch unions for included bark and co-dominant stems. Have them trimmed or removed as required.

* Use binoculars to look at branching and unions high above.

3. Prune Dead and Broken Branches - Trees grow and get bigger and better with age. Prune dead and broken branches as soon as they appear. Dead branches left in place provide an invitation for insects and diseases to move in. Always remember to prune back your branches properly.

* Most woody plants require a proper Branch Collar Cut.

4. Mulch around the Drip Line - Mulch secures the organic matter trees need at the root system. It conserves moisture, controls weeds and creates a bed for the roots systems to grows easily through.

Dispose or breakdown the dead parts of your trees to re-use then as mulch like in a natural forest floor.

* Depending on your tree type or if your leaves are infected, you may want to remove them instead of reusing them as mulch.

5. Fertilize plants - Before your young trees and shrubs enter the peak growing season, apply a slow release fertilizer to boost their vitality. It is good to give your old plants nutrients if they are not in an ideal landscape settings.

* Do not fertilize your plants too much as they will be dependent of it. Some plants require constant fertilization.

Create a natural forest setting around your trees and they will thrive for years to come.