10 Spring Tree Care Tips For Your Seattle-Area Property

When spring rolls around, your trees need some extra care. Here’s how you can take care of your trees in spring.

Your trees are showing signs of life, your yard’s looking lush again—winter is truly on its way out, which means it’s time to take care of your property. Taking care of your trees now sets you up for a great spring and summer.

In this article, we’ll discuss 10 tree tips for keeping your trees vibrant and healthy this spring.

Seattle Tree Care uses a bucket truck to reach a tree for pruning in spring.

Tip #1 – Schedule Tree Pruning Services

Winter in the Seattle area can be damaging to trees – strong winds, heavy ice, and cooler temperatures can all lead to tree issues. Check your trees for broken branches, dead sections, or cracked limbs. All of these issues can make your tree hazardous.

Contact Seattle Tree Care to schedule spring pruning or trimming to remove any broken, dead, or damaged branches. Spring pruning can also increase airflow in your trees, assist in the growth pattern, or improve access to a walkway or driveway.

Seattle Tree care uses an injection to treat for pine beetles.

Tip #2 – Inspect and Treat for Pests

Spring brings beauty, but it also invites pests. In the Seattle area, we have to look out for unique pests such as the spongy moth. This invasive moth species devours leaves and threatens vegetation.

Check your trees for any signs of pest infestation. If you spot any issues, you need to contact tree care experts as soon as possible.

Learn more about insect and disease control options.

Apple tree in Bellevue, WA with pink springtime blossoms.

Tip #3 – Use Best Practices to Make Your Fruit Trees Productive

To get the best yield from your fruit trees, you need to maintain them every spring. You should focus on sunlight and airflow management, which can be achieved through pruning.

Maintaining soil quality and sticking to good water practices are also essential. You need to monitor moisture levels and add soil amendments as needed so your fruit trees have everything they need.

Learn more about maximizing fruit production.

Seattle Tree Care cleans up after tree care services.

Tip #4 – Clean Up Yard Debris

Leaves and debris around the base of your trees can become breeding grounds for fungal growth, especially in spring. Go through your yard and remove fallen twigs and fruits to give your trees the proper environment they need to grow.

Tip #5 – Prevent Tree Diseases

Similar to tree pests, many tree diseases return from dormancy in the spring. This is one of the best times to prevent your trees from getting sick. Use preventative treatments for specific diseases and maintain your trees to keep them healthy.

Learn more about insect and disease control. 

Applying mulch on trees during spring.

Tip #6 – Apply Organic Mulch

Organic mulch can prevent weeds from sprouting and provide proper nutrition to your tree roots. Mulch helps prevent soil compaction, helps your roots aerate, and assists with temperature regulation in the soil as well.

Tip #7 – Take Care of Young Trees

Young trees require a little more care than mature trees on your property. Be sure to water your young trees slowly, check on any stakes you have near your tree, and check on your trees frequently.

Download our post-planting guide here.

Tip #8 – Turn to Professionals to Plant New Trees

If you’re ready to add more trees to your property, you should always consult tree care professionals to help. While the idea of planting new trees on your own can be exciting, you want to ensure they’re set up for success.

Seattle Tree Care reads instructions for fertilizer for spring trees.

Tip #9 – Fertilize Your Trees

Adding fertilizer is important, especially for trees in the greater Puget Sound area. Our soil is typically deficient in more than a few important nutrients your trees need to grow.

Without the right nutrition, trees become susceptible to disease and pests. There’s no one-size-fits-all fertilizer, because different trees may require different nutrients than others (and in varying quantities). This is another case where you need tree care professionals on your side.

Learn more about fertilization and soil improvement.

A Seattle Tree Care arborist inspects a tree.

Tip #10 – Schedule Arborist Services Early

We offer certified arborist services, ranging from structural support to lightning protection and more. With our Seattle Tree Care tree inventory, we provide you with tailored, crucial information you need to know about trees on your property.

Arborist services are requested more than you may think. If you know you’ll require arborist services at any point in spring, it’s a good idea to call and schedule today.

Let’s Give Your Trees the TLC They Deserve

We offer more than just tree care and trimming. We provide insect and disease control, fertilization, arborist services, and more. We care about our clients, which is why we offer 24/7 emergency service and every tree service you could need. Contact us today to schedule a tree inspection appointment so your trees can stay strong and healthy through this spring.

Kelsey Gruenwoldt

Kelsey is the owner and CEO of Seattle Tree Care, a Certified Arborist, and founder of the Seattle Arborist Association. As a fourth-generation Seattle native, she has a great appreciation for this beautiful region and is dedicated to making sure our area's trees receive the best care possible. + Learn more about Kelsey

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