Spring is here, and that means it’s time to take a good look at your trees. Specifically, you should look out for any dead or decaying branches, limbs over structures or other areas that could cause harm, and insect activity. When pruning, a general rule of thumb is to never remove more than 25% of the live foliage.

Pruning in late winter or early spring may result in sap bleeding. While this sometimes causes concern, in reality this bleeding is not harmful to the tree. For trees and shrubs that flower in the spring, it is best to prune after they have finished blooming. When thinning a tree’s crown, identify any weak branches as these should be removed selectively.

If you’re spreading mulch, watch out for the base of your trees.  “Volcano mulching” traps moisture, suffocates the roots and invites disease, insects and pests. Don’t add more than 2-3 inches of mulch around your trees and make sure the mulch isn’t piled up over tree trunks.

If you have any tree maintenance or health concerns, give us a call or contact us online.