If you have several crabapple trees on your property, you may want to know how you can keep them healthy throughout the year. Fortunately, crabapple trees thrive all year long and can produce the most beautiful flowers and fruit with the right care and maintenance. One way to maintain these benefits is to trim and groom your trees. Here are some things you can do to maintain your trees' beauty.
Keep Your Trees Free of Weeds
The easiest way to keep your crabapple trees healthy and thriving is to remove any weeds from around their roots. With the exception of extremely cold environments, weeds can live almost anywhere. They also take over the grass, soil and nutrients crabapple trees need to flourish on your property. This prevents your trees from blossoming during the spring and producing apples during the summer and fall seasons.
You want to avoid using weed killer because it may damage the roots of your crabapple trees. The chemicals can also penetrate the soil around your trees and make their fruit unsafe to eat once they grow. However, you can get rid of the weeds with these helpful tips:
- Use a garden rake to remove any fallen leaves from around the trees – this gives you a good view of the weeds
- Put on gardening gloves and manually pull up any large weeds from around the trees
- Combine 1 gallon of water with 1 cup of white vinegar in a spray bottle, and then apply the mixture to any weeds too small to remove by hand – you may choose to add ½ teaspoon of table salt to the mixture if you wish
Vinegar is acidic, which burns or damages the sprouts, leaves and flowers of weed plants on contact. The salt may help the vinegar penetrate the weeds by drying out their moisture.
You should avoid over-spraying the soil around the trees with the water, vinegar and salt mixture. It's ideal to spray very lightly or just enough to coat the surfaces of the weeds. It may take one day before the weeds die, but you may notice that most of the weeds turn yellow and die within a few hours of applying the vinegar, water and salt mixture.
You may use the steps above at least once a week to help reduce or stop the growth of weeds around your crabapple trees anytime of the year. But there's one other thing you can do to keep your crabapple trees beautiful all year long.
Trim Away Long or Scraggly Tree Limbs in the Spring and Summer
When your crabapple trees' limbs grow long enough to intertwine or overlap, they can make your trees look unattractive. You should strive to remove or trim long or scraggly limbs from the trees every two weeks during the summer. The warmth of the sun may make the limbs grow more during summer than they would in the spring, fall and winter seasons.
Limbs can become entangled with each other as they grow out. This problem may prevent your trees from flowering or blooming properly in the fall and winter.
You may choose to trim the ends of your long tree limbs with pruning shears. Pruning shears provide a clean cut that helps the limbs grow evenly. However, pruning shears work best for low-lying tree limbs.
If you have excessive growth near the top of the trees, it may be best to have a professional tree trimmer do the pruning for you. The tree trimmer can thin out the growth, as well as even out the limbs with a long pole pruner.
Keeping your crabapple trees looking healthy and beautiful may help the plants produce tasty fruit in the cooler months. If you need more assistance with your crabapple trees or tree trimming services, contact your specialist from a place like Pete & Ron's Tree Service today for an appointment.