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'Gleditsia' QuickScape Minis Honey Locust Tree General Care Info

General Care Instructions:

Spring: In spring, inspect the Honey Locust tree for any winter damage and prune out dead, damaged, or crossing branches to promote healthy growth. This is also the best time to shape the tree. Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to encourage vigorous new growth and enhance the overall health of the tree. Ensure consistent watering during the growing season, particularly for young trees, as they establish their root systems. 
Summer: During summer, maintain regular watering to support the tree’s growth, especially during periods of drought or extreme heat. Honey Locust trees are relatively drought-tolerant once established, but young trees need consistent moisture. Mulch around the base of the tree with organic material such as wood chips or shredded bark to retain soil moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Watch for pests like webworms, aphids, and borers, and manage infestations promptly using appropriate control measures.
Fall: As fall approaches, continue to water the tree regularly, gradually reducing the frequency as the tree prepares for dormancy. Honey Locust trees typically exhibit attractive yellow foliage in the fall, adding to their landscape appeal. Rake up and dispose of fallen leaves to reduce the risk of fungal diseases overwintering in the debris. Avoid fertilizing in late summer or fall to prevent stimulating new growth that could be damaged by frost.
Winter: Protect young Honey Locust trees from harsh winter conditions by applying a layer of mulch around the base to insulate the roots. While mature Honey Locust trees are quite cold-hardy, young trees benefit from extra protection against extreme cold and wind. Avoid heavy pruning during winter to prevent stress and damage to the tree. Instead, lightly prune any broken or damaged branches. Monitor for signs of winter injury, such as frost cracks or dieback, and plan to address any issues with pruning and care in early spring to ensure a healthy start to the growing season.