As we prepare to close out the last days of 2015, some of us may be making plans for a New Year’s resolution we vow to keep.
From staying healthy to managing stress, you may be surprised how some of our most common resolutions are similar to what our trees want in the New Year.
Whether it’s organizing your finances, gearing up for retirement or setting up for a big move, the beginning of the year is a time for planning. As you map out the year, make sure evaluating your landscape is on your to-do list. Take the time to determine the current state your landscape is in and the goals you have for its future.
With your goals in mind, contact your local arborist to help create a fresh slate for your New Year’s plans. Your trees may need an inspection to check for winter harm such as tree damage or disease.
Also, consider expanding your landscape by planning for tree planting. New trees come with a number of benefits from decreasing energy bill costs to improving property value and curb appeal.
Eating better, exercising more and maintaining good health are age old resolutions that even our trees can relate to—they want the maintenance and nutrients that will set them up for healthy growth throughout the year.
To start the year off right, dormant pruning is needed to rid your trees of damaged branches and encourages new growth.
Moving into the spring season is the ideal time to remove fallen leaves and fruit, twigs and garbage from your yard. A good spring cleanup leaves space for mulch, which will help retain moisture in your tree’s soil and control the onset of weeds.
As our daily duties pull us in all different directions, we can all benefit from any opportunity to lower stress. After enduring winter’s elements, our trees need to de-stress themselves.
Before trees enter their peak growing season, apply a slow-release fertilizer to replace nutrients lost through the winter and improve resistance to disease, insects and stressful weather.
For overly stressed trees, cabling and bracing may be needed to reduce strain from high winds or heavy snow.