Spring here in New Hampshire officially rolls around in March, and your yard begins to demand attention at about the same time. Remember to spend time on and service the trees and shrubs in your property, using this essential tree care for early spring as your handy schedule.

Tree / Yard Clean Up Time

The nicer weather will find you out in the yard, raking leaves and cleaning out the garden. It’s also the perfect time to prune roses and thin out those old deciduous bushes and shrubs.

Be sure your pruners are clean and sharpened in order to avoid damaging your trees. Collect the branches, foliage and brush from your trimming and add to the compost, or burn this natural waste if allowed. Some municipalities collect raked leaves and “green waste.” Your landscaper will take care of disposing these items when handling your tree trimming and pruning.

Tree / Shrub Planting Time

Spring and fall provide the ideal conditions for tree planting. The climate and condition of the soil make spring a perfect time to plant a new tree. Take a look around your property to gauge which areas need more shade, and which spots could use a bit of dressing up. Remember to consider the size of the tree at maturity, as well as the spread of the branches. Don’t squeeze trees into cramped spaces, and think about the future in terms of growth and size.

If you have an old stump in the yard, think about hiring a stump removal service this spring. Getting rid of the old stump will provide more space on your property, and could be the ideal way to make room for a new tree.

Fertilizer Time for your Trees

Spring is also the time to fertilize the grass and trees for solid growth all season long. Trees, bushes and shrubs can be watered deeply at this time of year; the amount of water used depends on how badly the tree needs the drink. Fertilizer can also be applied deep down at the roots, although this process is best left to the industry professionals.

Your trees and shrubs need special care in the spring. From cleaning up to planting and fertilizing, these tree care tasks for early spring are essential and help your yard to remain healthy and strong.