Spring is right around the corner, which means that it is time to get back into your yard. One of the first things you should do this spring is spend a little time taking care of your trees. Trees in general do not need a lot of maintenance throughout the year, but a little care and attention at the start of spring can help your trees thrive throughout the year.
Check The Soil Coverage
The first thing you want to do is check the soil coverage around the bottom of your trees. Are the roots covered in soil or are the tops of the roots exposed? Has a lot of the top soil been washed away by water during the winter time?
If lots of the top soil has been washed away by water or if the roots are exposed, you are going to want to purchase a bag of topsoil and put it around the base of your tree. The roots of your tree should be covered in soil. Having a decent soil base will help your tree stay healthy and establish strong roots.
Check the Mulch Coverage
Second, check the mulch coverage for your trees. Throughout the year, the mulch around your trees can get compressed. To battle this compression, you are going to want to use a rake to break up the mulch and give it some air.
Mulch is designed to break down over time, so you are going to need to replenish the mulch each year. Add extra mulch around your trees so that each of your trees has a couple of inches of mulch around the base of them.
As your trees grow, the root base around your trees will grow as well. You want the mulch to cover the entire root base, so make sure to extend how far out you cover your trees with mulch as they grow.
Check the Soil
Finally, get the soil around your trees tested. Getting the soil tested will let you know the make-up of the soil. This information will let know what nutrients that your soil is lacking, which will allow you to customize the fertilizer that you put around the base of your tree.
Although you can take a guess at what fertilizer is necessary, getting the soil tested will provide you with solid information so you can provide your trees with exactly the fertilizer they need to thrive and grown.
Get your trees ready for spring by adding extra topsoil to replace any soil that was washed away by winter weather. Rake the mulch around your tree, giving it some air, and add extra mulch when and where necessary. Finally, test the soil and provide all of your trees with a custom fertilizer set-up that will provide them with the nutrients that they need to grow strong this year.