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Think Spring! What do Erratic Weather Patterns mean for your Trees?

Erratic weather patterns from the past 6 months could take a toll on your property’s trees.

Do you remember that strange week of high 70’s we experienced back in the end of October? While what the New York Times dubbed “Hotumn” was certainly a treat for all of us beach bums, it was a serious setback for local trees that had already began the process of entering dormancy. When trees should have been halting their growth cycle and building a reserve of nutrients to last all winter, they were tricked into thinking it was Spring and likely used their food and energy supply to begin producing new buds. Uh Oh!

But that’s not all, we’ve also experienced much lower temps than usual this winter. What does that mean for trees? They are working overtime during their off-season trying to prevent their insides from freezing. These extreme highs and lows mean your trees will be running on empty come Spring Time. The arborists at Emerald Tree and Shrub Care Company are urging homeowners to give their trees a healthy dose of fertilizer this Spring because their nutrients will be more depleted than usual. Injecting a custom fertilizer blend into your tree’s root zone will help promote growth and ward off diseases. The ideal time to do a spring fertilization is very dependent on the weather and temperatures. The ground must be thawed enough so that the roots can access and absorb the nutrients being supplied. For more information, or to sign up for a spring fertilization visit, call Emerald Tree and Shrub Care at 914-725-0441. And if you mention this article you will receive a 10% discount.

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