To homeowners in Utah, trees are more than a decoration. They are a part of what makes your home a home. Trees can provide clean air, shade, and enjoyment for generations. Mature trees can even increase the value of your home. At Ferta-Lawn, we understand how valuable trees are to you and your family, which is why we have compiled a list of helpful tips to keep your investments healthy.
Trimming and Pruning
Spring is a good time to prune and trim your trees. Trimming helps promote tree health by removing ugly or dead branches and allows the tree to fill in. Pruning is a more precise science that uses smaller tools to shape and encourage tree growth. It is best to prune your trees in the spring when they are still dormant. Check your trees for disease or pests and prune the affected areas away before they can spread to other branches or other trees.
Pest Prevention and Control
Pests are a considerable threat to trees in Utah. Tree-damaging pests cause massive amounts of damage every year to our trees, not only by feeding but also by bringing deadly diseases that can severely damage or even kill the tree. Keep a lookout for these pests to ensure your trees remain healthy.
Tree-Damaging Pests in Utah
- Tree Scale
- Long-Horned Borers
- Spider Mites
As mentioned above, many insects can carry diseases or weaken trees, which makes them more vulnerable to diseases. Watch out for these tree diseases common in Utah.
Common tree diseases:
- Root Rot
- Slime Flux
- Summer Scorch
- Verticillium Wilt
- Needle Drop
Infestations usually occur when pests overwinter on the trunks and branches of your trees. If you aren’t actively monitoring your trees, these pests can go completely unnoticed. When warm temperatures return in the spring, adults will emerge and the eggs laid last fall, will hatch and start feeding on your trees. Depending on the number of insects, their feeding can leave your trees vulnerable to diseases. An application of dormant oil before the insects emerge from hibernation can protect your trees from stress and damage. Applying dormant oils in the fall or early spring can eliminate overwintering insects before they can damage your trees.
Deep Root Fertilization
Deep root fertilization provides trees and shrubs with the nutrients they need to sustain health and proper growth. Traditional surface fertilizers just don’t cut it when it comes to trees. Their roots are too deep, and by the time it reaches them, most of it has already been absorbed by other plants or leached into the soil. Deep root fertilization uses a pressurized machine to inject nutrients directly into the root system of the tree, which helps it absorb the nutrients much faster.
Be vigilant this spring and summer and watch for insect activity on your trees. If you think your tree has a pest infestation or disease, it’s important that you act fast before permanent damage is done or the tree is lost.
Trust Your Trees to the Experts at Ferta-Lawn
To keep your trees strong and healthy, trust them to the experts. Here at Ferta-Lawn, we have years of experience battling pests and diseases that affect Utah trees. Our tree care program is designed to give your trees the nutrients they need to stay healthy all year and keep destructive bugs away.
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