By Nancy Penrose

Now that it is officially spring, it’s time to check your trees and shrubs to evaluate and maintain their health! Below, we put together an easy checklist for you to follow to maintain your trees this spring.

1. Prune dead branches

The best way to have healthy trees is to properly prune them. Pruning your trees protects your home and family from unsafe branches that may fall and cause damage.

2. Inspect all your trees and shrubs

As it gets warmer and snow melts while rainfall occurs, standing water or flood damage may occur. This is the time to pay close attention to the health of your trees. If you see anything that may be wrong, contact a professionally trained arborist right away to treat the tree or shrub.

3. Plant new trees

A great way to add value to your home is to plant new trees. Maybe you’ve noticed that your home gets way too warm in the summer. Well, now is a great time to plant a few trees to add some shade!

4. Add mulch to your landscape

Mulch is important because it secures the trees, conserves soil moisture, and controls weeds. Mulching is a fairly easy process and can do wonders for the health of your trees.

At Big Trees, we are experts in tree care and we know exactly what to look for when inspecting your trees and shrubs. If you want a professional to help you inspect the health of your trees this Spring, let us come out and help, call us at (360) 563-2700 today.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (, (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurseries, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about tree preservation at and for more tips on tree care or installation go to See our video at and connect with us on Facebook at Inc/193731105108.