Enjoying the start of this year’s spring? As a responsible homeowner, you are probably itching to get back to caring for your trees and yard, especially now that winter has come to an end.
At Aussie Tree Solutions, home of the top arborists Brisbane can offer, we’ve put together our top spring tree care maintenance and tips. Start caring for your trees this spring with these awesome tips:
1. Start With An Inspection
Before anything else, you will always want to start with an inspection. Winters can be tough on your yard, with snow and frost causing long-term damage to the roots and branches. Check out the state of your trees and bushes and check if everything is still healthy.
Telltale signs of damage here include cracks in the joints of the branches, and holes or marks in the trunks. The extent of the damage will determine whether your trees and bushes are salvageable or should be completely removed.
2. Pick And Hose Off The Small Crawlies
It can be tempting to just grab a cutter and start pruning away, but you will make the job easier and safer for yourself if you look out for any small pests before you begin. Caterpillars and other larger bugs should be picked off by gloved hands, ideally to be tossed elsewhere.
Spider mites and aphids are known to find new homes in dormant trees during the winter, so check the trunk of your tree for any holes with bugs crawling around it. If you do find any smaller pests, spraying them off with a garden hose might be enough to do the trick (although you might have to come back every few days to be certain).
3. Prune for Growth
While most arborists do recommend that you wait for the winter before giving your trees a complete pruning, there’s no harm in pruning away broken, damaged, and dead branches during the spring.
A successful pruning of unhealthy and dying branches can encourage growth of new branches, allowing your trees and bushes to truly flourish as the spring months go on. For the safety of you and your family, make sure to also prune away any branches or other plant material that are hanging over (or in contact with) any structures on your property, as they present a falling hazard.
4. Rake Thoroughly
Most people underestimate the value of a good raking session. While raking is great for clearing away any fallen leaves and other plant debris in your yard, there’s another important reason why you should rake: leaving them on the ground increases the chance for fungal growth.
Fallen fruits, twigs, leaves, and other plant materials can act as a breeding ground for fungus if left to rot on the ground, so make sure to rake your yard at least twice a month if necessary.
5. Use a Slow-Release Fertiliser
No matter how much fertiliser you used when you planted your various plants, it’s always a good idea to top them up at the start of each spring. There are various elements that can sap away at your nutrient-rich fertiliser: hard weathers, insects, plant diseases, and more.
Giving your yard a fresh layer of slow-release fertiliser is exactly what they need to have a good spring grow.
6. Experiment and Try New Trees
If you’ve been waiting all year for the best time to plant new trees, bushes, and other plants in your yard, there’s absolutely no better time to do it than in the spring.
Figure out the best spots to set your new plants, and do the research on the best techniques to care for them (if you are planting anything for the first time). For best results, we recommend that you hire a professional arborist.
7. Hire a Professional Arborist
And that’s our top tip for this spring – hire a professional arborist! The way you care for your yard in the spring will determine the success and health of your plants for the entire year, so it’s not something you want to improvise.
A professional arborist has the training, tools, and techniques to do anything that you and your yard might require, such as:
- Tree felling and removal
- Tree lopping and pruning
- Palm cleaning and removal
- 24-Hour emergency tree services
- Stump grinding
- Forest mulch
- Consulting and advice
Whatever you need, a professional arborist can equip you with the perfect advice and the ideal solution. Why risk it when you can put yourself in the safe hands of a professional arborist?
Aussie Tree Solutions: Brisbane’s Preferred Arborist Solution
Aussie Tree Solutions has been in business for over 35 years and has served countless homeowners in Brisbane and surrounding areas. We commit to the highest standards of service and professionalism, with a staff that is safety-focused, client-centred, and fully-trained and qualified to handle any and all of your tree and yard needs.