In the winter months, when greenery goes dormant and everything outside is so frequently covered in a layer of fluffy white snow, it can seem like nature itself is frozen in time. But there are many benefits to continuing to maintain your trees and shrubs in the months leading up to spring. Due to the lack of leaves, this dormant period is specifically great for pruning and fertilization. Do these things to set your yard up for summer success:
Prune Your Plants
There is a reason spring and summer are more known for their gardening opportunities; after all, no one wants to operate pruning shears with frozen fingers. If you live in a warm climate, this isn’t an issue. But for those living in colder areas, keep an eye on the temperatures. On warmer, sunnier days, going out to do a bit of pruning can be a good way to deal with the quarantine-stir crazies. You can destress along with your trees and shrubs, getting some much-needed vitamin D while removing damage and promoting healthy growth in the spring.
Fertilize in February
Though fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn and garden, February – March is the perfect time to fertilize trees and shrubbery. Before you fertilize your lawn, consider:
- Do your trees need to be fertilized? Not all trees in your yard need to be fertilized every year. Shrubs and trees with stunted growth and smaller, discolored leaves, or physical damage are good candidates to be fertilized. The age is also a consideration to take into account. Fertilizing annually for anywhere up to ten years after planting is a good way to encourage growth.
- Which type of fertilizer should you use? You’ll need to choose between fast-release and slow-release fertilizers. The cheaper, fast-release option utilizes water-soluble nitrogen, while the slow-release products are better for slopes and other areas with a lot of run-off.
- How much fertilizer is enough? Follow the directions on your package carefully to ensure you don’t under or over-fertilize your plants. Use too little fertilizer, and you won’t see the results you’re looking for come spring. Use too much, and you can cause harm to your plant’s natural growth or contaminate nearby water sources.
For more tips on seasonal tree care, you can always call Quality Tree Service at (541) 821-8594. Our team of professionals can provide the guidance and service you need to set your lawn up for summer success.