While trees in the wild can mostly take care of themselves, the ones living in yards often need help. Although Florida trees are growing all year round, spring triggers a burst of growth that continues well into summer. This makes the season a busy time for tree care. Here are four tree care tips for spring that will help ensure people’s trees look great all year long.
Lack of sufficient water is one of the most common reasons for trees to falter, particularly in their first two years. Newly planted trees need a thorough soaking every one to two weeks. If it does not rain enough, use a hose or sprinklers to water the ground around the tree from its trunk to the edge of its canopy. Water well-established trees when the soil a foot below the surface is dry or when they show signs of wilt. Allow the soil to dry out between watering sessions.
Remember to prune only as needed. Early spring is a great time to prune conifers like cypress and juniper. Trees that flower in summer, such as crape myrtle and magnolia, should be pruned in late winter to very early spring before new growth appears. For trees that bloom early in spring, such as flowering fruit trees, it is best to wait until after the blossoms fade to prune.
Mature citrus trees require little pruning, but young, vigorous trees may require some pruning. The best time to prune a citrus tree is mid to late March. Do not prune after September to reduce encouraging late growth. Young, tender growth produced late in the season is more susceptible to cold injury.
Spring is the perfect time to prune long-established and neglected trees. Dead and dying limbs should be pruned to prevent the spread of decay. Because pruning often requires the use of power tools and ladders, homeowners may prefer to leave pruning tasks to tree trimming professionals. Skilled experts can prune trees to enhance their natural form, ensuring healthy growth while improving their appearance.
Spring is the ideal time to ensure that trees have the nutrients that they will need to grow. In humid tropical climates such as Florida, start applying fertilizer at the start of the growing season in February just as the buds begin to swell. Reapply every six weeks through October.
In general, citrus trees will need fertilizer about once every one to two months during active growth (spring and summer) and once every two to three months during the tree’s dormant periods (fall and winter).
The key to successful fertilization is matching the type of fertilizer to the soil. A reputable tree service company can conduct a soil test to determine the type and amount of fertilizer to apply. Traditional fertilizers can be applied every spring, while slow-release fertilizers are typically used once every two years. With either type, the fertilizer should spread beneath the tree’s canopy, starting two to three feet from the trunk. To prevent injury to the roots, make sure that the soil is moist before fertilizing.
Insect and Pest Control
Spring growth can attract insects, diseases, and pests that can cause long-lasting damage to trees. Leaking sap, peeling bark, and holes in leaves are common signs of infestations. Before spraying trees with fungicides, it is a good idea to consult a professional tree specialist. An arborist in St. Augustine, FL can establish why the tree is weak and can recommend the optimal solution. If tree removal is necessary, Affordable Tree & Landscape experts can remove the tree, the stump, and the roots using specialized equipment. They can even plant a new tree that will flourish for many springs to come.
Family-owned and operated, Affordable Tree & Landscape is licensed and insured and has twenty years of experience providing tree trimming, tree pruning, tree removal, stump removal, land or lot clearing in the St. Augustine area.
For more information about spring tree care in St. Augustine, FL, visit the Affordable Tree & Landscape website at https://affordabletreelandscape.com or contact the team by phone at 1 (904) 687-9856.