As soon as the buds finally arrive after a winter that we were slow to see leave, don’t we feel the urge to go out to the garden? However, this is not the time to relax. It’s time for a proper inspection of your beloved plants. Since the leaves have not yet appeared, any problem can be better detected. This way, every worrying sign as well as dead or broken branches are clearly visible. You will then know which ones need to be pruned.
Inspect the edge of your roof
Another area worth looking at is your roof line. Since the branches are not yet leafed out in the spring, they are less heavy. They are less likely to damage it. But if you wait until summer, the damage could get worse and the branches will also be less easy to cut. Spring is therefore the time to act to reduce potential damage. Of course, large branches are a concern, but so are smaller ones. This is because the wind causes them to rub together. Branch breakage can affect shingles, siding, even the plywood underneath. When damage increases over time, early intervention is better than waiting. And when you need pruning or trimming done, among other things, to save your roof, it is recommended that you hire a certified arborist such as Emondage Beaconsfield. His knowledge and know-how will help you avoid additional problems due to lack of experience.
Fertilize your trees in the spring
You forgot to fertilize last fall or you didn’t have the time? You can do it in the spring. Even though this is the season when the trees are growing, the growth will increase. With fertilization, the results will be all the more impressive. But you should not wait until summer to fertilize. Summer heat and drought stress trees, so it is not the time to apply fertilizer.
Look for wasp nests
Spring is also a good time to not only look for branches that need pruning, but also for the presence of… wasp nests. For the same reasons, the foliage is more bare than in summer, so they are easier to spot. They will also be easier to remove. However, be careful if you do it yourself.
Finally, spring is an ideal time to do a thorough inspection of your tree specimens. This measure serves several purposes: to detect branches that need to be pruned because they are dead, broken or could damage the roof because they are growing too close. It is also used to find wasp nests in order to remove them. It is useful to detect any signs that indicate a need for intervention. So, an annual inspection is worth putting into your spring schedule. And if you are concerned about a sign, call a certified arborist!