Just like your lawn, your trees need proper care and attention throughout the year to stay healthy and beautiful. They may look tough, but your trees have needs that have to be met. Having a tree care strategy for 2020 will help you protect your trees from pests, disease, and environmental stress. Here are a few of the top tips for taking care of your trees in 2020.
Tree-damaging pests are some of the biggest threats to your trees. Part of your tree care strategy for 2020 should be pest control and the best pest control comes down to prevention. Tree-damaging pests like spider mites, scale, and aphids overwinter on the bark and branches of your trees. They stay dormant throughout the winter, waiting for warmer temperatures of spring to wake up and start feeding. Damage from these pests can be extensive and costly to repair. Dormant oil applications in the late fall and the early spring, before the first buds appear, helps eliminate the pests before they can wake up. The thick oil coats the overwintering insects, cutting off their air supply and freeing your trees of this early threat.
Protecting your trees from diseases and pests is a year-round job. These threats can absolutely decimate the trees in your lawn, resulting in defoliation and even death. Prevention is essential because tree pests and diseases spread quickly to your other trees. With regular treatments throughout the year, you can prevent pests and diseases from infesting your trees. Treatment is especially important during the summer when extreme heat and drought-like conditions weaken the natural immune system of your trees.
Another great addition to your tree care strategy for 2020 is to add mulch around your trees. Mulch is a beautiful addition to any landscaping, boosting the curb appeal of your property with a splash of color. Beyond the aesthetic benefit, mulch actually protects your trees. A two-inch layer of mulch around the base of your trees acts as an insulator. The mulch protects your tree roots from fluctuating temperatures, making them more resilient in the summer and winter. Adding mulch is a good way to help retain moisture and prevent weeds as well.
Another essential addition to your tree care strategy for 2020 is fertilization. While most people only think to fertilize their lawns and gardens, trees need to be fertilized as well. Our tall sturdy trees are living organisms that require specific nutrients in order to flourish. Over time, the soil around your trees will become depleted of nutrients, that’s why it’s a good idea to fertilize your trees once per year. The best time to fertilize your trees is in the fall. In preparation for winter dormancy, trees spend the fall absorbing and stockpiling nutrients into their roots. Help them along with a slow-release fertilizer application in the fall.
The experts here at Environmental Turf Management can help you with your tree care strategy in 2020. Our premium tree and shrub care program provides your trees and shrubs with everything they need throughout the year to stay healthy and vibrant. From dormant oil and fertilization to insect and disease spraying, we can help keep your trees beautiful all year long.
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