Vancouver Tree Service Checklist

Trees grow all year round – even in winter! That’s why it’s so important to give your trees the right type of care for every season. With professional tree care, such as aeration and deep root fertilization in the spring and fall, your trees are protected and prepared to endure the harsh conditions of long cold winters and hot summer months.

In spring:

  • Inspect trees and shrubs – When melting snow and rainfall occur simultaneously, your landscape may encounter standing water and/or flood damage.
  • Prune dead branches – Want healthy trees? The correct pruning protects your green properties from the unsafe branches that suffered damage from winter weather.
  • Plant new trees
  • Mulch your landscape – Mulch secures the organic matter trees need beneath the soil surface.
  • Fertilize Plants – Before your trees and shrubs enter peak growing season, apply a slow-release fertilizer to not only replace nutrients but also to improve plants’ resistance to damage from diseases, insects and stressful weather.

In summer:

  • Inspect your landscape – You’re dreaming of that lush, green lawn you’ve admired in the photos of landscaping magazines and calendars. But remember: It’s important to look up, too. Check the trees for potential damage; specifically insect infestations and diseases. Ask the professionals at tree service vancouver for more tips.
  • Prune dead, diseased or unsafe branches – Pruning often results in some of the most successful tree care programs. Monitoring the structure of your trees’ canopies can encourage healthy growth—and result in plenty of shade.
  • Cable, brace or remove weak limbs – It’s no secret severe summer storms are on their way. But before the winds roll in, you’ll want to help your trees’ stronger limbs from suffering damage when weaker branches fail and fall.

In fall:

  • Fall fertilization – With a hot summer and cold winter, trees are bound to lose vital nutrients in the soil. To help make sure your trees gain nutrients lost this summer and continue to feed over the winter, apply a slow-release fertilizer to replace nutrients and improve resistance to damage from disease, insects and stressful weather.
  • Hearty hydration – Fall is the season to give your trees a hearty gulp of water before the winter months strike. To make sure they are well-hydrated throughout the freezing winter, quench your trees’ roots.
  • Timely planting – Some trees shed their leaves in autumn and sprout new life in the spring, but fall is actually the opportune time to plant new trees. Since temperatures are much cooler and there is much less chance of stress from sun scorch, drought or extremely high temperatures, newly planted trees get the chance to build root mass and prepare for winter dormancy this season.
  • Equip for the cold – You know winter will arrive after fall, so start preparing now for the snow, frost and cold temperatures. Any sort of extreme weather condition may pose a higher risk of stress for your trees, so cable, and brace and prune them before the snow and ice hit. If your tree has weakened or has broken or rotting branches, it may not be strong enough to withstand the added weight of a heavy snowfall or ice storm. Pruning in fall can be easier because most trees have little to no leaves, exposing the structure underneath.

In winter:

  • Ready for the wintry weather – If you have limbs and branches over your house, sidewalk or car, you may want to cable, brace or prune them before winter stress causes breakage. If branches are dead, diseased or unsafe, it may be best to remove them.
  • Plan to prune – Although your trees are in the inactive, or dormant, stage of growth right now, it is the best time to prune.
  • Inspect before the ice – When you see your tree is bending or dropping because of snow and ice accumulation, think twice before shaking the branches.
  • Mulch, hydrate and fertilize – Mulching, hydration, and proper fertilization are important throughout the year, so head outside while you still have time to get your trees the nutrients they need for the long, wintry months.
  • Prepare prior to damage – Pesky pests, salt and snow damage can make winter unpleasant for your trees, so help them prepare prior to possible damage.

It is important to know and have a list of what you need to remember in order to care for your trees in any season.