It’s mid-March here in beautiful Denver and that means spring cleaning for your trees and shrubs. You can give your trees and shrubs plenty of open, cleared-up space for future spring growth with just an hour or two of your time. Spring cleaning also helps remove potential disease and high-risk areas. Fielding Tree and Shrub Care has created our official spring cleaning checklist to help your trees and shrubs look their best for a new year ahead! Happy cleaning!
Clean up the debris
- Remove any dead or diseased tree or shrub debris from the previous season, anything that can harbor pests and diseases
- Thin out any thickly-crowded shrub growth towards the base of the plant.
Pruning and Trimming
- Trimming at the right time of year will help prevent any complications. The best time to trim your trees is spring and fall, both ideal growing seasons. Trimming your trees before they begin to
- Never trim fruit trees until the winter/dormant season (Dec.-Jan.). Trimming fruit trees during any flowering or fruit-bearing season can damage their vascular system and dramatically reduce future fruit production.
- Inspect all of the dirt levels around the base of your trees and shrubs. Water can create natural sink pockets at the base of tree trunks, especially larger trees throughout the year. This means standing water that can damage your tree trunks.
- If you find any trees or shrubs with low dirt levels, get a few wheelbarrows of dirt to raise up the soil level. This will help insulate trees against frost effect and evenly level out water distribution above important feeder roots at the base of your trees and shrubs.
- If you planted a new tree or shrub last year, check the soil impact around its base. Dirt can settle over a period of time. If there are any cracks in the dirt around a newly-planted tree or shrub, take the time to backfill the cracks with good dirt. The final step is watering the newly backfilled space to help the dirt absorb its new addition and close off any remaining cracks.
- Add only 2-3″ of mulch at the base of any tree. Be careful to not get the mulch too close to the base of the tree because it can cause rot.
Weed and Water
- Weed around the base of trees and shrubs. Certain types of ivy, like English ivy, can be harmful to saplings and even mature trees. Know what’s growing around your trees and how it might affect their overall health.
- Do a full walk-through of all the trees and shrubs on your property. Are they planted in the right spacing and placement for their type? If not, you may need to relocate them to the right location on your property.
- You may not realize it, but your trees need watering throughout the entire year, not just when it’s hot outside. Check the soil moisture at the base of your trees and shrubs. Give your trees a good soaking at the base of the trees extending out to the edge of the canopy for at least five minutes with an open hose.
Start your tree and shrub service with Fielding
The best way to care for your trees and shrubs is ongoing care throughout the year. Fielding Tree and Shrub Care is south Denver’s favorite arborist and we offer a variety of services to help your trees and shrubs look and feel their best. We offer tree trimming and pruning, tree fertilizing, tree removal, shrub care, and much, much more!