Spring time can be a great time to prune your trees. However, timing is everything in this regard. Due to an unusually warm and dry winter the trees in Durango and the surrounding area are already starting to experience bud swell. This is the initial stages of leafing out, or starting to wake up out of dormancy. These new buds are sensitive to late frosts that can damage them and cause stress to your trees. Young trees still working to get established and fruit trees are most likely to be affected. A late frost on flowering fruit trees can result in a loss of fruit production. This may be advantageous to some as the bear problem in our area is increasingly becoming a major issue. However, covering smaller trees before a late frost can help protect their fragile flowers and buds leading to healthier trees and a heartier backyard harvest. Although major pruning is not recommended during this early stage of spring work still can be done. Without leaves on the trees it is much easier to see branch structure and identify any problems there. Branches that have rot or are rubbing or have any cracking can easily be identified at this time. It is also a good time to spread mulch around the base of trees to maximize moisture retention from any rain or watering that is done. Just like your mountain bike, your trees need a little maintenance before a long season!
Coming into our fourth year as a company I am looking back on our progress. Hundreds of trees pruned, many trees removed, lots of clients old and new, and a fair share of mechanical issues. The sum of all this being, growth. Each tree we prune we grow our skill in climbing and decisions making, in pruning cuts and anchor points. Each removal we hone our skills in lowering large pieces of wood safely and efficiently. Each tree we plant we grow our appreciation for the cycle of life, for the majesty of the slow and constant progress of a sapling into a giant. It is the slow growth of trees that we have modeled our business after. The juniper tree grows slowly, often under adverse conditions. It takes its time and because of this grows strong and hardy. As a business we are growing slowly and carefully, taking our time to settle our roots deep and solid. Each year we grow a new ring around us, strengthened by the lessons we have learned.