Spring is hopefully on its way soon here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. And as exciting as it is, we need to be prepared for what that means. Here are just a few things you should do to begin preparing for spring in Grand Rapids!

Before winter is over, you should have your trees inspected for any signs of damage from the winter. It is best to do this while it is still winter because the trees are still bare. Also, most diseases and pests are still overwintering, so you can eliminate them easier. While having this checked, you can also determine if you need any branches trimmed before the spring growth. Here is a link to our pruning services. https://www.greatlakestreeservice.net/tree-pruning/

Upon completion, removing any yard waste is a great step. By doing so, you are ensuring that your yard is not a habitat for pests and diseases. You should also apply fertilizer to the area over your root growth. (Your roots update the nutrients for the rest of the tree). There are three main nutrients you want to make sure that your tree is getting. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Try taking a pH test of the soil to determine how much you need.

Speaking of fertilizers, slow-release fertilizers are better because they mimic nature and reduce the risk of fertilizer burn. Grass/garden fertilizers are not the greatest for your trees because they can contain herbicides that can be harmful. Make sure to brush off any leaves that may have fertilizer on them to prevent any damage. Fertilizing helps to support new growth, makes greenery more vibrant, and helps the tree become strong enough to fight off pests and diseases. 

Once things are blooming and sprouting this spring, you should apply a layer of mulch around your trees (and plants). This improves soil moisture and helps control unwanted weeds and pests. Once you’ve finished preparing for spring, you are ready to enjoy the weather here in Grand Rapids! Happy Spring!