Tree Tips

WINTER CARE

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The season to prune your trees

  • Begin shaping your tree two years after planting. Do not remove more than 25% of the tree’s live branches at any one time.
  • As your young tree matures, maintain the central leader (main vertical stem). Thin out narrowly spaced branches. This allows good tree structure and promotes healthy growth. Visit www.arborday.org for a complete pruning guide.
  • Remove weeds and add mulch. Make sure the mulch is 4 feet in diameter around your tree, 4 inches away from the trunk, and 6 inches deep.
  • Check the stakes and ties. If your tree can stand on its own, remove them. If they are still needed, be sure the stakes are firmly in the ground and placed away from the trunk. Make sure the ties are wrapped loosely around the tree and tied firmly to the stake to allow the tree to move.
  • Do not let water pool around the base of the tree. If needed, dig a trench to drain water away from the trunk.
SPRING CARE

The season to spruce up your trees

  • Remove weeds and add mulch. Make sure the mulch is 4 feet in diameter around your tree, 4 inches away from the trunk, and 6 inches deep.
  • Check the stakes and ties. If your tree can stand on its own, remove them. If they are still needed, be sure the stakes are firmly in the ground and placed away from the trunk. Make sure the ties are wrapped loosely around the tree and tied firmly to the stake to allow the tree to move.
  • Avoid pruning when new buds are coming out.It is best to prune in the winter months.
  • Check for problems with your tree, such as yellow or spotted leaves, pests, or other diseases. Consult your local nursery or Bear Creek Landscaping & Tree Service for help with any problems you may find.
  • Start watering your tree when the soil feels dry and crumbly 8 – 12 inches below the surface. Water deeply once a week.
  • Early spring is a good time to plant new trees. Be sure the soil isn’t too wet. It should feel slightly crumbly without excess moisture when you squeeze it.
SUMMER CARE

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The season to regularly water your trees

  • Probe your soil 8 – 12 inches below the surface before watering. If the soil feels moist, allow it to dry for several more days. If the soil feels dry and crumbly, water deeply once a week.
  • Water deeply by setting your hose on a slow trickle for several hours at the base of the tree or use a soaker hose around the tree.
  • Remove weeds and add mulch. Make sure the mulch is 4 feet in diameter around your tree, 4 inches away from the trunk, and 6 inches deep.
  • Do not use a weed trimmer or a lawn mower near the base of your young trees. They can injure and even kill your tree.
  • Check the stakes and ties. If your tree can stand on its own, remove them. If they are still needed, be sure the stakes are firmly in the ground and placed away from the trunk. Make sure the ties are wrapped loosely around the tree and tied firmly to the stake to allow the tree to move.
  • Delay major pruning until winter. Remove dead, broken, or crossing branches, and root suckers, growing up from the base of the tree anytime.
FALL CARE

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The best season to plant trees

  • October and November are the best months to plant trees. Roots get a great start in cooler soil.
  • Water when the soil feels dry and crumbly. Decrease watering as the weather cools.
  • Remove weeds and add mulch. Make sure the mulch is 4 feet in diameter around your tree, 4 inches away from the trunk, and 6 inches deep.
  • Check the stakes and ties. If your tree can stand on its own, remove them. If they are still needed, be sure the stakes are firmly in the ground and placed away from the trunk. Make sure the ties are wrapped loosely around the tree and tied firmly to the stake to allow the tree to move.
  • Avoid pruning in the fall. It is best to prune in the winter months.

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Bear Creek Tree Service

3360 S Knox Ct.
Englewood, CO 80110
(720) 299-1409

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