A Guide to Year-Round Tree Care

year round tree care

Give your trees some love with a plan for year-round care! By inspecting them and properly caring for them you can help maintain their health and beauty for years to come.

Perform Regular Tree Inspections

Trees should be inspected regularly to ensure their health.  We recommend homeowners inspect their trees each season, when foliage fills out and falls away.  Trees should also be inspected after large storms to assess any damage.

A professional tree service should inspect trees if any issues are spotted, or at least every three years for healthy trees.

What To Look For Each Season:

Spring – Before leaves fill in, examine your trees for signs of disease or damage, including:

  • Broken or hanging branches
  • Missing or damaged bark
  • Patches of fungus
  • Cracks in branches where they attach to trunk
  • Cankers in trunk bark (these are open wounds in the tree where the outer bark opens to reveal inner bark and are typically a different color than the rest of the tree)
  • Oozing or bleeding on the trunk (this looks like sap coming out of the bark, varying in color from amber to dark brown and appearing from watery, sappy or gummy)

Summer

  • Check the soil and mulch around your tree to ensure it is receiving the proper amount of water.  Too dry or too wet can lead to issues.
  • Look for branches that have not yet grown leaves.

Fall – When your trees begin to defoliate, conduct another inspection of your trees looking for:

  • Broken or hanging branches
  • Missing or damaged bark
  • Patches of fungus
  • Cracks in branches where they attach to trunk
  • Cankers in trunk bark (these are open wounds in the tree where the outer bark opens to reveal inner bark and are typically a different color than the rest of the tree)
  • Oozing or bleeding on the trunk (this looks like sap coming out of the bark, varying in color from amber to dark brown and appearing from watery, sappy or gummy)

Winter

  • After heavy snows, wind and ice storms – inspect the integrity of as much of the tree as you can see to assess damage

If you spot damage or any issue listed above in your season tree inspections, contact a professional tree service company to have a tree expert examine your tree.

Trimming, Pruning and Care

Tree pruning needs differ based on species – some trees need annual pruning and others can go longer between service.  Have a professional tree care expert examine your trees and provide guidance on the best pruning schedule for your trees.  

Keep in mind that the only tree trimming that should ever be attempted by a homeowner is for branches that can be reached with both feet on the ground, and that are less than 1 inch in diameter.  Anything located higher on the tree or larger in size should be trimmed by a trained professional.

You can also give your trees a little extra TLC (tree loving care) by making sure the trunk is free of build up debris (including mulch, dirt, leaves, grass clippings, etc.)  Organic material piled at the trunk can potentially suffocate the tree.

Another optional step for tree maintenance is to ask your tree experts if they offer a “Plant Health Care” program.  DLL recommends this service for any plant or tree that is significant to your landscape, or has sentimental value.  Our Plant Health Care programs including a custom solution for each landscape.  We might monitor trees and shrubs yearly or quarterly depending on need.  Having a tree expert consistently monitor trees allows us to identify any issues and prescribe solutions in a timely manner (e.g. watering, nutrient management, pruning, pesticides, etc.) Most trees, shrubs and plants can benefit from a Plant Health Care program!

If you want advice on tree care, or spot issues during your seasonal tree inspections, contact DLL today for a free tree service estimate!