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