May 6, 2019 9:49 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Watching plants and trees come back to life in the spring is an exciting time for all of us. When it comes to our own lawns, this means you’ll need to start caring for your trees, shrubs and other plant life more attentively than winter required. Put away the broom and dustpan you’ve been using for your spring cleaning task list, and pick up some gardening gloves and head outside to put our spring tree care tips into practice! You may also want to consult a professional for help with tree maintenance in Baton Rouge:

  • Inspect: Trees can take a beating over the winter, and many struggle coming back to life in the spring. Look for damage from winter storms, such as frostbite, dead wood or lesions on leaves. You’ll want to prune away any damage to avoid it infecting the rest of the tree and control the spread of disease. Trim any dead or diseased limbs. You’ll also want to remove any branches that have grown over your roof to protect your home from falling limbs during spring storms.
  • Water: Watering your trees and plants may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s an important step to keep in mind. Many people think their trees get enough water from spring rain, but if it’s an especially dry season or if the winter was abnormally dry, they may need some help. Check the soil moisture every week at least four to six inches below the surface. It should be moist, but not wet. Ensuring the soil is moist will encourage deep, robust root formation and prohibit weaker, surface-level roots from forming. Irrigation systems will also need to be inspected for clogs, drips and leaks. You’ll want to monitor your irrigation system to ensure even water and ensure your lawn isn’t being overwatered.
  • Mulch: Mulch is an important part of creating a healthy environment for trees to grow in. Mulch conserves moisture and controls weeds by suppressing weed growth. You’ll want to cover the soil with a three- to five-inch layer of mulch about one to two feet in radius around the tree. Keep a few inches around the trunk of the tree clear of mulch. Mulch can also prevent other competing plants from growing, which can encourage fungal growth. If you need help applying mulch, contact a professional for tree maintenance in Baton Rouge.
  • Weed: Keeping the yard free of weeds and removing excess debris around the base of the tree will ensure healthy growth and a clean, aesthetically pleasing lawn. Weeds can interfere with the tree getting the water and nutrients it needs, so weeding serves a greater purpose than just appearance. Ivy and lawn, as well as other competing plants, can also impede tree growth and need to be removed. They hide areas of decay or disease and can also trap moisture around the tree or root crown, which can lead to fungus, another danger to healthy plants.

You don’t have to do your tree maintenance in Baton Rouge alone. Contact the expert professionals at Allan’s Tree Service for exceptional service in virtually any tree problem you may have. Whether it’s trimming and pruning for routine care or bracing and fertilization, you can trust us to deliver expert advice and service.

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