Immaculate landscaping begins and ends with good maintenance. Flowers add color and variety, while trees and shrubs give yards shape and form. Because trees and shrubs are perennials, they have their own set of unique challenges for landscapers to deal with. Here are some tips for maintaining your trees and shrubs.

Make a spring inspection

When your trees and shrubs come out of dormancy, it can be a real eye-opener. You can easily check for damages and problems with a simple spring inspection. Here are some of the things that you should be looking for:

  • Winter burn—drying out
  • Discoloration
  • Uneven blossoming

Fertilization

If you go out into a forest, you will notice that trees don’t have the pedicured look that they do around homes. If you look down, Trees and Shrubsyou will also notice that there is a lot of organic material surrounding the tree. This not only increases the soils ability to hold water, but it also gives the trees vital nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium.

Trees that are in a groomed landscape have competition from grass and other shrubs and often don’t get the nutrients from their own leaves. If you want to maintain a healthy green shrub or tree, you should fertilize regularly with high nitrogen fertilizer.

Proper pruning

Why prune? It’s important to prune dead branches because they can decrease healthy blooming and new growth of branches. It can also be a danger for people and buildings on the ground. Here is what you need to prune

  • Dead branches
  • Water sprouts
  • Suckers

Pruning should only be done during dormant season (fall) and you should be careful to follow the right techniques that won’t damage your tree or shrubs.

It is easy to feel like your trees and shrubs are strong enough to take care of themselves, but there are some things that you need to do to keep them healthy. One thing is for sure, your trees will be coming back stronger every winter if you follow these tips, so make sure you give your landscape a boost by taking care of your trees and shrubs the right way!

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