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Healthy Trees? Check.

April 18, 2012


You see them every day - the invasion of concrete jungles has yet to erase their existence. They line the streets and highways you drive on your commute to work. They stand tall in the city parks where you walk your dogs and watch your children play. They appear as far away as the distant rolling hills and scenery of nearby towns and as close by as the greenery surrounding your homes.

You see trees everywhere, every day, but are you aware of the work that's required to keep them healthy?

If you want to enjoy the trees in your yard for a lifetime, act now. Your trees will return the favor by providing you will health, aesthetic and property benefits for years to come.

But remember: Tree care doesn't have to be a chore. Make it a spring/summer hobby or encourage your family members to get involved. The experience will be much more rewarding as a collaborative effort.

And just think about the healthy tree canopies you'll have the opportunity to enjoy for their generous amounts of shade once the work is complete. Nothing beats a good read beneath a tree or a long afternoon nap on a blanket or hammock in the shade.

While the birds are still chirping about their excitement for warmer spring and summer weather, check up on your tree care needs. How can you help them be healthy? What can you do to prepare them for the next season?


Use this spring checklist to keep up with your tree care needs this season:

  • Remove critical risk trees.
  • Fertilize trees and shrubs as part of your annual program.
  • Inspect trees and shrubs for winter injury.
  • Plant new trees and shrubs.
  • Prune dead, diseased or unsafe branches.
  • Cable, brace or remove weak limbs to prepare for severe weather.
  • Mulch trees and shrubs as appropriate.
  • Weed beds, cut back on perennials and prune fall flowering shrubs as appropriate.
  • Inspect trees and shrubs for insects and diseases and treat appropriately.
  • Consider lightning protection installation on mature, treasured trees in advance of thunderstorms.

It's important to understand the work that goes into tree care and why the effort makes a difference. If you need help with your tree care needs, contact your local professional arborist to determine next steps to better trees, better landscapes and a better you.

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