Simple Tips to Keep Your Trees Healthy in 2015
January 6, 2015
We hope that the first week of 2015 is treating you right! So far, the New Year has been nice to our trees. Temperatures have been cool yet seasonally mild and we’ve benefited from some much needed rainfall. So far, we haven’t had any severe storms or ice events...yet. February can be a volatile weather month so it’s best to take advantage of this mild January weather to do some preventative care.
If you’ve been pruning your large, established trees yourself, or hiring that guy with the truck and chainsaw, we think 2015 is the perfect year for a tree-focused New Year’s resolution: Hire experienced professionals to care for your trees. Whether you choose us or another qualified tree care company in the DFW area, be sure to secure the services of a certified arborist. They’ll speak your tree’s language!
It’s a certified arborists job to keep your trees free of disease, make sure they receive the nutrients they need and identify potential structural hazards before they cause damage to your healthy trees, property or home. January is a great time to take stock of your tree’s current health and take some preventative measures.
Dormant Oil: Organic dormant oil must be applied in the cooler months when it can best prevent spring pest infestation. Applied correctly at the right time, dormant oil can keep overwintering pests such as scale, mites, mealy bugs, aphids, tent caterpillars and more from harming trees in spring. If you have live oaks, pecan, red oak, maples, hollies or crapemyrtles on your property, we highly recommend a dormant oil application in winter. Need more info on how dormant oil benefits your trees (and shrubs!) see our past blog post here.
Pruning: There are many, many reasons to have your trees pruned by a professionally trained crew. Improperly, over-pruned trees are highly susceptible to breakage and storm damage Over-pruning also stresses trees and can cause them to succumb to pest and disease infestations. When you prune your trees is often just as important as how you prune them. It’s best to avoid pruning oak trees in spring and early summer, when the devastating disease called oak wilt is actively spreading. We prefer to finish up oak tree pruning by February 1st, then pick up again come July. For more information on pruning, visit our past blog post on oak wilt here and common pruning mistakes here.
Soil Analysis: Healthy soil is the key to a happy and healthy landscape. The right soil balance and biology means a strong and vigorous tree. If there have been persistent issues in your landscape that have been difficult to resolve, we'll often turn to the soil for more answers. When we test soil, we pull samples from various areas of the landscape then send them off to well-renowned scientific laboratories for complete testing. We’ll then analyze the results and recommend different treatment options to heal trees. For details on soil testing, read this short post here.
Fertilization: When was the last time you fed your trees? When we are out inspecting trees for potential health issues, we often find that more times than not, tree owners haven’t fed their trees in years. Giving your trees good nutrition in spring and fall will encourage healthy roots, strong growth, beautiful foliage and pest and disease resistance. Our urban environmental pressures often deplete soil of nutrients that trees need. Our year-round, organic SEASONS program replenishes nutrients in the soil as well as in the trees themselves. For details on our Eco-friendly fertilization program, visit our services page.
To ensure you stay up-to-date on the most current information on tree care from season to season, keep our blog page bookmarked. We will help you keep your trees looking and feeling their best. Questions about your tree’s health or need a pest or disease identified? Look us up on Facebook and Twitter.
Posted: January 6, 2015