It’s a new year, and many of us are thinking about how to take better care of our families and ourselves. But what about our trees? As certified arborists, and tree lovers at heart, we’re here to suggest ways to take exceptional care of your trees in 2015.

Taking Care of Your Own Trees

Whether or not you consider yourself a tree-hugger, there’s no denying that trees are beneficial additions to any property. Like all mature landscaping, trees drive up property value. According to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers, a mature tree can be worth $1,000 to $10,000. Likewise, the USDA Forest service reports that property value is driven up by an average of 10% when healthy, mature trees are present. Moreover, the US Department of Agriculture has determined that a young, healthy tree provides cooling power that “equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours per day.” The visual beauty of trees also helps families de-stress.

Considering how much trees do for your family, it’s natural to want to take care of them in turn. Here are a few resolutions for taking care of trees on your property in 2015.

Certified Arborists on How to Care for Your Trees in 2015

  1. Create an Annual Tree Care Plan. Master gardeners appreciate the importance of planning. During the months of late winter, they relish putting together a landscape plan for the entire year. Start brainstorming about which tree care tasks you will tackle during each season. Ask our arborists for winter and early spring tips!

If it’s been a while since you tackled landscaping tasks, consider a design consultation. Steve our head designer has an exceptional eye for design, and positive, enduring relationships with dozens of local landscaping professionals. Faye is amazing too. Either is happy to put their talents to work designing a stunning landscape for your yard.

  1. Sign up for Professional Winter Tree Care.

While trees are dormant in the winter months, this is an important time for tree care. As we always remind our customers, tasks include assessing for winter damage, discovering rot and other tree health problems, and checking soil quality. Our winter tree service includes all of these tasks. Our certified arborists can give you a big-picture understanding of your trees’ health, so that you can arrange for their continued wellbeing throughout the year.

  1. Sign up for Professional Pruning. Because poorly done pruning can harm or even kill trees, we recommend that homeowners arrange for professional tree pruning services. Our tree service experts can visit your home several times throughout the year, as various species are most ready to be pruned. For instance, spring-blooming trees and shrubs should be pruned once spring blossoms have faded.