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Preparing Your Trees For Spring

Spring is only a month away! Are your trees ready for the warmer weather ahead? There are many ways to make sure your trees will thrive in Spring 2021, as well as survive late spring freezes. Taking care of your trees ahead of time can help them grow and stay healthy. Here are some tips for getting your trees ready for the spring season:

Testing Your Soil

The first thing you should do is get your soil tested and figure out the pH level. If your soil isn’t at the level it should be, you will have to make some adjustments. Being able to get your soil to where it needs to be before spring is very helpful. Different trees and plants grow best at a variety of soil levels, so do your research on what’s best for your specific trees. If you are ever unsure, contact Dudley Tree for soil tips!

Adding Nutrients

If you need to add nutrients to your soil, now is the time to do it. Phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen need some time to be absorbed by the soil and spread evenly throughout it. Applying these nutrients weeks prior to the growing season is best to let the roots get to all of them. 

Planting Trees

If you are thinking about planting a tree or two, now is the time to prepare. Late winter is a good time to plant bare-root trees. When you plant any trees, don’t be afraid to give them some protection against the cold. It can help them grow more. Try to wrap your tree in dry blankets, but avoid anything that can stimulate the tree into coming out of its dormant state. This could cause the tree to not survive the cold. If the blankets get wet, be sure to replace them, so they don’t get too heavy and cold on your trees. 

Prune Trees

Dead tree branches are extra exposed during the winter, so it’s a great time to prune! Don’t cut too close to the tree because exposed bark isn’t good in the cold. You should also prune any branches that are getting too close to each other. If you are looking to prune your trees this winter, reach out to Dudley Tree. We will be able to reach any branches that you can’t!

Contact Dudley Tree

Spring is almost here! Are you ready? The tree experts at Dudley Tree are here to make sure your trees are healthy and happy. Do you need any tree removal, pruning, or stump removal services? Contact us for more information on all our tree services! Call us today or send us a message through our contact form to reach our tree experts.


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Tips For Transplanting a Tree

Trees can add curb appeal and value to your property. Sometimes after a tree is planted, it needs to be moved to another spot in your yard. This can be due to a construction project, bad soil, or water conditions where it is currently planted. Here are some tips if you are looking to transplant a tree:

Prune The Roots

The process for transplanting a tree begins when you prune the roots. By pruning the roots, you are encouraging the growth of new feeder roots that are close to the base of the tree. These feeder roots absorb nutrients and water to keep the tree healthy. If you want to transplant your tree in the fall, prune the roots in the spring. The transplanting process actually takes months.

Water and Calculate

The day before moving the tree, you should make sure it is getting extra water. Watering it will help the soil stick to the roots. After the tree is properly watered, you should calculate how much of the root ball you need to prune. The root ball should be one foot in width for every inch of the thickness of the trunk.

Cut a Trench

After calculating the size of the root ball, it’s time to make a trench. Make sure to cut into the existing roots that go past the circumference. Fill the trench with soil and carefully place subsoil underneath the topsoil. 

Transplant Your Tree

Make sure your tree is healthy enough before moving it from the existing spot. If the tree is sick or in bad condition, it might not survive the transplant. Hold off on moving it until it is in good condition. 

Choosing a Location

Make sure the new spot you choose for your tree will help it thrive. It should have enough room to grow, proper sunlight, and good soil conditions. Different trees have certain requirements, so make sure you research beforehand.

Dig a Hole and Sever The Roots

Dig a hole for your tree large enough that the feeder roots have enough room to spread out. Then dig your tree out of the exiting spot by severing the roots. Place burlap around the roots and carry the tree to its new home. Fill your tree’s new hole with soil, and you have a transplanted tree! 

Contact Dudley Tree

The tree and crane experts at Dudley Tree are here to make sure your trees are taken care of. We provide pruning, tree removal, stump grinding, and more! Contact us to learn more about our tree and crane services in Haverhill, MA. Call us today or send us a message through our contact form to reach our experts.


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