Are you tired of looking at trees that don’t meet your expectations? Do you want to improve the health and appearance of your property? If so, creating a personalized tree service plan is a great option to bolster the aesthetic appeal of your home or business year-round.

Where should you begin?

In this blog post, Brents Tree Service’s arborists have created a guide to help you design a service plan for your property. We provide some tips for getting organized and discuss the best treatments and strategies to optimize your trees and keep your property lush.

How to Start a Tree Service Plan

Whether you’re passionate about the environment, concerned about your property’s safety, or want to preserve a rare tree species, developing a service plan can help you achieve your goals. Covering your bases before diving into soil treatments and pruning techniques is essential.

When starting, we recommend taking the time to learn about the trees on your property. What species are they? How old might they be? Do any issues immediately strike you when you look at your trees? The more information you have about your trees, the better equipped you’ll be to improve their appearance, health, and longevity.

Establish Your Property Goals

Once you’ve taken the time to learn about your trees, you should establish your goals. Set an approximate timeline and consider how a tree service plan will impact your entire property and landscape.

A detailed tree maintenance and service plan can support a range of interests and aspirations, including the following:

  • Improving your property’s aesthetics and curb appeal
  • Increasing the health of your trees and yard
  • Preserving the integrity of old trees on your property
  • Mitigating disease, pests, and safety risks
  • Minimizing the impacts of tree-related emergencies
  • …and more!

Be Realistic About What You Can Accomplish with Your Trees

When creating a tree service plan, it’s okay to dream big, but remember that significant projects are best left to professionals. Without commercial-grade equipment, you may not be able to achieve the same feats as licensed arborists, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a significant impact on your property.

Services like tree removal and stump grinding may not be in the cards, but a DIY service plan can still address plenty of concerns and make a lasting impact on your trees.

Consult with a Local Tree Expert

After you’ve taken the time to learn about your trees, have researched some basic information about their species type and common problems, and have established goals for your yard, it’s worthwhile to get in touch with a local arborist to receive some professional advice. Arborists will help ensure you’re not taking on too much and inform you of local bylaws and regulations on tree species and treatments.

Specific environmental and safety regulations may restrict your actions. Consulting with a tree expert will ensure your service plan is safe and legal. A professional arborist will also provide valuable recommendations on specific products and treatments you may have in mind.

Conduct Tree Health Assessments

The next major step in a tree service plan is to conduct tree health assessments and determine if there are any significant issues with your foliage. When there are visible signs of disease, pests infesting your trees, or structural concerns, you should note them and be prepared to adjust your maintenance plans accordingly.

If your tree is visibly diseased, you may want to bring in an arborist to prevent it from spreading to other plants in the area. Most tree diseases won’t make you sick if you encounter them, but you should still handle infected trees carefully.

Address Seasonal Tree and Foliage Needs

With the change of the seasons, your trees will bloom, shed their leaves, and become vulnerable to different environmental conditions. Every tree service plan should consider the seasonal needs of your trees and be adjusted accordingly.

While your trees’ requirements will be unique to their species, age, and climate conditions, there are some general guidelines for maintenance during each season.

We recommend the following seasonal actions:

  • Spring: Inspect your trees for winter damage and delicately prune around damaged areas to promote healing. You can also apply mulch and slow-release fertilizers to the soil around your trees to provide essential nutrients.
  • Summer: Water your trees, particularly their root systems, to maintain optimal growing conditions and keep them healthy in extreme heat. Light pruning, like clearing dead branches, can also improve circulation in the summer. You should also monitor your trees for pests and insects.
  • Fall: As your trees drop their leaves, it’s important to rake up excess leaf litter to prevent the growth of pests and diseases. Fall is also optimal for deep watering and preparing your trees and saplings for cooler temperatures.
  • Winter: Winter is the best time to prune your dormant trees to encourage healthy growth, particularly for young saplings. If you’re concerned about pests or wildlife damaging your trees, you can use tree wraps or fencing to protect your trees’ trunks and branches.

Tailor Your Tree Watering and Maintenance Schedule

When creating a tree service plan, it’s vital to consider watering, maintenance schedules, and timing. Over-watering, unnecessary pruning, and unseasonal pesticide treatments can harm tree growth and create problems.

Customized Tree Services Help You Keep Landscape Trees Lush and Healthy

From conducting assessments to monitoring pests to slow-release fertilizer treatments, there’s no shortage of steps you can take to keep your trees healthy and foster their growth. Now that you know more about all the factors that go into a well-thought-out tree service plan, you’re ready to take action that allows your property to flourish.

Learn About Brents Tree Service’s Tree Care and Removal Options

As expert arborists, Brents Tree Service has the necessary tools, experience, and certifications to fulfill all your tree care requirements. Do you have any concerns or questions regarding your tree maintenance plan? We encourage you to dial (512) 310-8789 to connect with us for the answers to all your tree-related questions.