Preparing For Spring Following A Dry Winter

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We had a bit of cold weather and a nice storm in January here in the Conejo Valley, but basically it’s been a rather warm and definitely dry winter. That has a bit of an effect on your trees and landscape, but it also sets you up nicely for the spring growing season.

A tree in silhouette

Effects of a Warm Winter

In our mild valley it’s not at all uncommon to see trees blooming in January and February. That may mean, though, that these trees will not bloom in spring, or only partially bloom. On the other hand, if we get a mini-cold snap in February, trees that have already begun to bloom may be damaged. Keep an eye on any plants or trees in your yard that may be blooming early, and take particular care of them if we see some cold days in February or March.

A Checklist for Spring

A good plan for spring begins with the goal of having your spring preparations completed by early March. That includes boosting tree nutrients and strength for a healthy growing season.

Start by inspecting your trees for winter damage or disease while they are still bare. If you identify any dead or diseased branches, prune them before the spring growing season. Read this article if you need some tips on pruning trees during winter. The key point there is that pruning trees during warmer weather can cause certain diseases to spread.

After you clean up your landscape in general, removing fallen leaves and branches from your yard, it’s time for give your trees a boost of nutrients. Use a slow-release fertilizer to help them defend against pests and diseases.

Aside from cleaning up and revitalizing your existing trees and landscape, now is the time to consider planting some new trees. They add value to your home along with providing beauty and sun protection. Check out these tips for choosing the right tree for your yard, and then pay a visit to your local nursery to browse their selection. When you have an idea of which new type of tree you might want to plant, it’s time to scout out the ideal spot for your trees in your yard. Finally, after you’ve planted your new trees, remember to add two to four inches of mulch around them. Read all about the beauty of mulching here — it’s a great way to improve soil moisture and control weeds.

Now you’re ready to greet the coming spring with your yard fully prepped and more beautiful than ever!