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A Handy Tree and Shrub Care Calendar for Memphis, TN Homeowners

The trees and shrubs on your property make up so much of its beauty. For that reason, it’s important that you continue to care for them with vital services like fertilization, pest control, and pruning.

But just as with your lawn, where there is an important timing to services, there is a tree and shrub maintenance schedule that you should be following for optimal results. To help you get the most out of your tree and shrub services (as well as your landscape in general), we’ve put together a tree and shrub care calendar for Memphis, TN.

Here’s everything that you ought to know.

When to Fertilize Trees and Shrubs

Tree and shrub fertilization is an important part of our Plant Health Care program. Tree and shrub fertilization helps to provide essential nutrients to your landscape so that they continue to perform (and look) their best.

In general, our Plant Health Care program in Memphis, TN is running from April through September, which is the prime months when the plants on your property need these services.

plant health care technician spraying shrubs

In terms of when to fertilize trees and shrubs, we might be performing this throughout the entire season depending on specifics related to the plants on your property, though April, May, and September are the absolute key months that fertilization is needed.

At Master Lawn, our program includes deep root liquid fertilizer which entails injecting liquid materials below the surface, into the root zone. The tool is inserted near the base of trees, delivering a precise amount of nutritional materials throughout the root zone.

This delivery method reduces the runoff of valuable materials and also allows a tree to absorb fertilizer directly through its roots.

When to Treat Trees and Shrubs for Pests

As we mentioned, seasonal tree and shrub treatments should also include pest control as pests can be highly destructive to your landscape.

Our Plant Health Care program might include a combination of both preventative and curative treatments, depending upon whether you are already dealing with a pest problem or not.

plant healthcare technician inspection

Sometimes, we combine a deep root fertilizer product with a systemic product if we need to treat a pest or disease problem at the same time that we are delivering fertilization. Again, we are looking at each property and its specific landscape to tailor the program accordingly.

In general, we are treating for pests throughout the entire Plant Health Care program season, meaning that we are treating from April through September, or until the first frost.

When to Prune Trees and Shrubs

Pruning is also a vital service for the overall health and performance of your trees and shrubs.

Pruning is performed on trees and shrubs to remove infected, dead, or broken branches in a skillful way. It not only has an aesthetic impact by helping the property to look “cleaned up” but it also has a direct impact on the overall health of your plants.

plant care technician trimming shrubs

Given the importance of this service, you might be wondering when to prune trees and shrubs.

We offer pruning services through our sister company, Michael Hatcher & Associates.

  • Renewal pruning and cutbacks are typically performed in February and March.
  • Maintenance pruning is typically performed as needed throughout the growing season.

When to Plant Trees and Shrubs

Finally, while it doesn’t have to do with maintaining your existing landscape, but rather adding to it, you might be wondering when to plant trees and shrubs.

This would again be a service offered through our sister company, Michael Hatcher & Associates, which can handle all of your comprehensive landscape needs.

In reality, trees and shrubs can be planted almost any time of the year (as long as the ground is not frozen). But there is a strong argument to be made for planting in the Fall.

In fact, this is something that Michael Hatcher & Associates has written about if you want to read more.

For a quick overview, the higher amounts of rainfall and the more comfortable temperatures of the Fall make it a great environment for installing trees and shrubs. You just want to make sure that everything is already planted before the ground freezes.

While Spring is quite commonly thought of as the ideal timing for when to plant trees and shrubs, in reality, the nearness of summer heat (and added stress that will be put on your trees and shrubs as a result) really does make Fall the optimal time.

Finding a Professional Who Will Implement the Best Tree and Shrub Maintenance Schedule

At the end of the day, you don’t want to be worrying about “what is needed, when.”

You just want to know that your landscape is covered. That’s why it’s important to choose a plant health care company in Memphis, TN that understands what your landscape needs (and when it needs it) in order to thrive.

well maintained tress shrubs and plantings

Though we’ve talked about the common tree and shrub maintenance schedule in this article, it’s also important to remember that changes to the climate or to your local landscape can impact timing. You want to choose a professional that is tailoring their program to your landscape as much as possible.

With the right pro on your side, you’ll feel confident that your landscape is being cared for on a schedule that is best for your property. Instead of having to worry about what’s needed, you’ll know that it’s being handled for you all with the proper timing. All of that adds up to peace of mind.

And by choosing Master Lawn, and investing in our Plant Health Care program, peace of mind is exactly what you’ll get. You can let go of the worries that something might happen to your trees or shrubs and instead be able to rest assured they’re in good hands.

In the end, that means that all you have left to do is enjoy the benefits of a beautiful landscape.

Ready to stop worrying about the health of your property’s trees and shrubs by investing in protection for your landscape? Request a quote, get your customized Plant Health Care plan, and become the master of your landscape.

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Michael Hatcher

Michael Hatcher is president of Michael Hatcher & Associates.

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