How to Protect Your Trees From Pests This Spring

Warmer weather means that your trees and landscaping will finally start producing new growth and blooms. But that new growth comes with a major hazard: an increase in harmful pests trying to nest in your trees. While it’s impossible to completely eliminate the risk of insect and pest infestation in your yard, there are things you can do to mitigate that risk. Here are a few key things your Denver tree care team wants you to do to give your trees the fighting chance they deserve. 

Schedule a Tree Trimming Appointment
Proper pruning and tree trimming might seem like it makes your trees more vulnerable to disease and insect infestations, but nothing could be further from the truth. By pruning your trees, you’re effectively getting rid of excess growth that may otherwise strain the tree’s resources and make it harder for it to thrive during the warmer months. But there’s a catch. You need to trim your trees the right way. That’s why it’s best to leave the pruning to an experienced plant health care team. They’ll be able to assess your tree’s condition and trim only what needs to be removed.

Water Your Trees Correctly
Even established trees need regular watering if you want them to stay healthy. If they don’t get enough water naturally and you don’t water them yourself, your trees will become vulnerable to disease and insect infestations. Pay attention to the weather and make a plan to water your trees during those dry spells. If you’re not sure how much water you should use, speak with your tree care specialist. The amount needed can vary from species to species and younger trees may need to be watered more frequently.

Stay on Top of Cleanup After Windstorms
Windstorms are incredibly common along the Front Range during the spring season. And they can lead to a buildup of plant matter and debris in your yard in a single afternoon. Instead of letting it sit, make sure to clean up that debris as soon as you can. Remember, insects and pests love to burrow into leaf piles and they can easily spread from those piles to your trees if you let them stay in place for too long. 

Inspect Your Trees Often
Routine inspections are the best way to catch infestations before they become widespread. Use this to your advantage and inspect your trees at least once a month. Look for excess sap buildup on the trunk, visible tunnels and damage in the bark, and live insects moving about the tree. If you see anything of concern, schedule an appointment with your tree care team and let them identify the type of insect you have. They may be able to treat the infestation and get rid of those insects before they do serious damage to your trees.

Schedule a Consultation With Your Denver Tree Care Team
At Root Tree Service, our team wants to help you keep your trees healthy and strong all year long. And that means dealing with insect infestations long before they become major issues. If you’re worried about the health of your trees or just want to schedule a tree trimming appointment, don’t wait. Contact us today to speak with a member of our team.
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