Spring is Tree Maintenance Season

It may not look or feel like it, but spring is coming. Before you know it, your free time will be filled with tons of spring-related chores: cleaning, landscaping, planting, and volunteering for Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

Late winter and early Spring is a critical time for plants. As the days lengthen and the temperature warms, trees begin to awaken. Their root systems become active and they begin sending energy, nutrients, and water to their branches. The buds begin to swell in anticipation of another long, sunny, growing season.

Before all of the snow turns to water, this is a great time to begin considering seasonal tree maintenance. Certain maintenance activities are best suited for specific seasons, and winter and spring are no different.

So what should you be thinking about now?

  • Pruning can be done at any time, but is least damaging when the tree is dormant. It is recommended you avoid pruning in early Spring when the tree is actively growing. Now would be a good time to get out there and begin pruning your tree for the year.
  • Right now, the base of the tree is likely buried beneath snow. Sometimes, this offers protection to rodents or other damaging agents. As the snow melts, check the base of your tree for any damage. If there is damage, address the severity and contact a professional if you’re concerned for the tree’s health.
  • Spring is a great time for planting trees. Anytime from April through May is good for the tree. But if you’re going to take advantage of the Spring planting season, you probably need to know what and where you’re going to plant. This is a great time of year to begin thinking about how you’ll spruce up your house with new trees.

Not exactly sure what to do? Check out our on-line guides and resources. We’ve got classes and training opportunities coming up. Otherwise, contact Lee at (616) 389-4687 or lee.mueller@friendsofgrparks.org for tree advice or contact a professional.

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