Trees and shrubs are essential elements of nature. They reduce air pollution and prevent soil erosion. In addition, they enhance aesthetics and property value. Being such a serene part of the landscape, they deserve some TLC.
Experts at Schneider Tree Care say that proper maintenance of trees and shrubs is crucial for their growth and health. Keeping that in mind, here are six tips to keep them healthy throughout the year:
- Fertilizing: Natural substances like grass and leaves provide essential nutrients to the trees in the forests. But on residential and commercial property, fertilizers work as nutritional supplements. Make sure to use a slow-release fertilizer at regular intervals to replenish nutrients in the soil.
- Pruning: Pruning removes any deadwood holding the trees back and improves their structure. Ensure that major pruning is done while the tree is in a dormant phase. Then, tidy up by clearing out dead and damaged branches in the summer.
- Nutrient Application: Everybody knows that plants need sunlight, water and quality fertilizers for sustenance. However, these must be provided in a good balance. Consult our experts to provide the right nutrients to your plants and trees. Our arborists can teach you the signs of nutrient deficiency and how to overcome them.
- Regular Check-Ups: Trees and shrubs can appear to be in good health only to collapse suddenly one day. Through regular check-ups you can ensure that your trees and plants do not succumb to disease. Appropriate treatment and attention to any recurring problems can increase their lifespan. Schedule regular check-ups with the experts here at Schneider Tree Care.
- Disease and Insect Control: Checking for disease all year round catches early signs of infestation and these can be dealt with promptly. Webworms are an issue, often noticed in the fall, as they consume leaves in one area and then move to another. Spraying insecticides or pruning sections of the affected tree or shrub is the preferred method of insect control for this issue and others.
- Soil Testing to Identify Problems: If you want to keep your lilac shrubs blooming, for example, then testing the soil around them is vital when you notice fewer flowers. They need a pH value between 6.5 – 7. A soil test checks if the pH value is lower than 6.5 and lime can be added to the soil to make it more alkaline. Soil testing also helps when choosing the correct fertilizer to provide an optimum balance of nutrients for your trees and shrubs.
Schneider Tree Care’s specialists provide quality care for your trees and shrubs keeping them healthy all year-round. We tailor our programs to suit your needs, so contact us to learn more.