What To Do in the Spring to Keep Your Trees and Lawns Healthy?
The plant health activities kick into gear in the spring because trees, shrubs, and lawns start to grow. As the weather warms up, yard insect pests and diseases become active, too. Wet springs support large infestations of many insects, including tree scales, aphids, and Elm Leaf Beetles in Denver. Also, early plant growth is particularly vulnerable to insect damage and late polar plunges.
There are many steps to prepare residential and commercial properties for the hot, dry weather coming in the summer. They include lawn fertilization, deep root watering and fertilization, tree and lawn insect control, and tree trimming. Ross Tree’s General Manager discusses spring tree and lawn care issues in the video below.
Tree Insect Control
As the weather warms up, yard insect pests become active, too. Well-watered, fertilized, and pruned trees fend off attacks by most pests besides the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Ross Tree was the first tree company in Denver to offer tree injections, ensuring that only the tree gets the product, not the surrounding environment. Our tree insect calendar helps homeowners identify insects on their trees in the spring.
Turf mites thrive when Denver has late winter droughts followed by a dry spring. South and west-facing lawn areas dry out faster and encourage the growth of lawn mites. When mite levels are high and moisture levels are low, large brown patches occur that look burnt. Lawn miticide treatments and supplemental watering will help minimize damage from these invertebrates.
The first fertilization of the year should boost grass growth but also slow the emergence of crabgrass. A healthy lawn lays the foundation for the grass to flourish when the weather gets hot and dry. Click here to find out more about Ross Tree’s lawn care programs.
Spring is a great time to cut out any winter kill or storm damage. Structural training creates a dominant leader with subordinate side branches and secondary limbs. Trees with great structure can withstand Denver’s late spring snow and wind storms. For more information about tree pruning, please click here to view Ross Tree’s Standards-Based Tree Pruning Handbook.
Deep Root Feeding
If Denver experienced a winter drought, yard trees would benefit from supplemental watering and fertilization. A healthy root system sustains trees when the weather turns hot in the summer.
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