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Care Calendar


If you are looking for insight on how to improve your trees, plants, shrubs and overall landscape appearance, you have come to the right place. The Rayal Tree Care Companies monthly care calendar provides both our residential and corporate clients valuable time and cost savings information. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with our useful landscape tips on keeping your estate or commercial property in optimal condition.

If you have any questions about our tree, shrub and landscaping care, please contact us at your earliest convenience by selecting our “Contact Us” section of this web site.


Monthly Checklist

January


What you can do:
  • A good time to finish cleaning up old leaves around trees. They can carry disease and harbor over-wintering insects.
  • Continue inspecting all landscaping for any storm damage to trees and shrubs.
  • Shake snow laden branches with excessive weight to prevent damage.
Consider requesting a professional to:irrigation systems
  • Prune ornamental & shade trees because branch structure visibility is best and insects / diseases are inactive.
  • Safety-prune structurally weak limbs/branches in order to avoid storm damage to family members, sidewalks, lampposts, play sets, garages, autos, utility wires, and residences.
  • Take care of any tree removals. Removing trees while the ground is frozen minimizes the impact and potential damage to sensitive areas of gardens and lawns.

February


What you can do:
  • Plan to have fruit bearing trees pruned before bud break.
  • Continue to shake snow from low, unprotected shrubs. (i.e. evergreens & hedges)
  • Plan for your spring planting needs.
Consider requesting a professional to:
  • Continue dormant pruning of ornamental and shade trees.
  • Prune fruit trees to enhance fruit production.
  • Start ordering spring plants, trees and shrubs.

March


What you can do:
  • Remove all protective coverings and winter mulch.
  • Check for signs of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, a common pest this season.
  • Examine your trees for signs of insect egg masses on the trunk or branches. Small groupings of yellow eggs that protrude from the bark are likely to ladybug beetle eggs. These insects are very beneficial as they eat aphids by the hundreds!
  • Tent caterpillars are a common pest that lays their eggs on branches. They are quite visible to the naked eye and look and feel a bit like Styrofoam. You can save yourself a lot of trouble by scraping these off with your fingernail.
  • Be on the lookout for common problems such as scale, aphids, and mites. Plan for dormant oil spray.
  • Select azaleas and camellias while they are blooming to be sure of color choices.
Consider requesting a professional to:
  • Prune and repair winter damaged trees and shrubs.
  • Complete dormant pruning of ornamental and shade trees.
  • Dormant oil spray to help control overwintering insects before they hatch.
  • Begin spring liquid fertilization program for trees and shrubs, which will promote new growth.

April


What you can do:irrigation systems
  • Arbor Day is the last Friday of this month. Celebration by planting a new tree!
  • Plan and prepare for your spring garden. Nurseries have lots of fresh plant material now. Consider mulching to retain moisture and inhibit weed growth.
  • Periods of rainfall can vary. Be attuned to weather changes and water new plantings if rainfall is inadequate.
Consider requesting a professional to:
  • Schedule for early plant health care program to help manage damaging insects and diseases.
  • Plant and transplant once the ground has thawed.
  • Continue spring fertilization program.

May


What you can do:
  • Check for insect and disease damage on trees and shrubs.
  • Remove guy-wires from previous year's planting.
Consider requesting a professional to:
  • Consider a tick program to minimize Lyme disease.
  • Recognize and manage insect and disease activity.
  • Continue spring fertilization program.
  • Continue to plant and transplant.

June


What you can do:
  • Implement a watering schedule for all plants to help prevent drought stress.
  • Damaging insects can be very active at this time. Call your arborist if you detect trouble.
  • Be careful not to wound trees with lawn mowers and trimmers.
Consider requesting a professional to:
  • Prune hedges after new growth has appeared.
  • Prune spring flowering shrubs.
  • Pruning after they flower encourages maximum blossoms for the next year.

July


What you can do:irrigation systems
  • Look for drought stress. Signs include foliage wilting or curling.
  • Put out Japanese beetle traps.
  • Prune climbing roses to stimulate second bloom.
Consider requesting a professional to:
  • Prune flowering shrubs after they flower.
  • Prune evergreen plants and shrubs.
  • Recognize and manage insect and disease activity.
  • Prune ornamentals, shade trees, and shrubs.

August


What you can do:
  • Recognize any early fall color as an indicator of plant stress and low plant vigor.
  • Keep fruit trees nourished and watered during summer months.
  • Schedule fall planting.
Consider requesting a professional to:
  • Identify potentially hazardous trees prior to windy season.
  • Prune ornamentals, shade trees, and shrubs.

September


What you can do:
  • Inspect trees for premature leaf drop.
  • Continue watering trees and shrubs until ground freezes.
Consider requesting a professional to:
  • Start fall liquid fertilization of shrubs and trees to promote feeder root growth.
  • Consider deer protection for broad-leaved evergreens.
  • Begin fall cleanup.

October


What you can do:
  • Verify power and telephone lines are clear of branches before severe weather arrives. Always consult a professional arborist when dealing with wires.
  • Be sure to rake up and dispose of leaves to prevent possible spread of disease.
Consider requesting a professional to:
  • Prune, brace, and cable to prevent winter damage.
  • Winter protection with antidessicants / Vapor Guard.
  • Continue fall fertilization program.
  • Plant / transplant new trees and shrubs.

November


What you can do:irrigation systems
  • Finish fall cleanup.
  • Mulch evergreens before ground freezes.
  • Thoroughly water newly planted trees before ground freezes.
  • Check for signs of potentially hazardous trees before winter: heavy deadwood, cavities, and exposed or damaged roots.
Consider requesting a professional to:
  • Implement winter protection program.
  • Begin dormant pruning.
  • Finish tree and shrub fertilization.
  • Make sure weak branches are supported by cables before snow and ice begin.

December


What you can do:
  • Remove snow from tree branches and shrubs so the weight doesn't break them.
  • Keep salt away from plants and planting beds.
  • Carefully prune evergreens to use as holiday decorations.
  • Install tree guards to prevent rodent damage to susceptible trees.
  • Protect roses, figs and perennials with burlap screens.
Consider requesting a professional to:
  • Remove dead and damaged limbs from trees with maintenance pruning.
  • Complete winter protection services.
  • Prune ornamental and shade trees to prevent storm damage.
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