Summer tree care is important because it is the time when trees make most of their food for the year. Hot, dry summer weather can stress your trees, especially if they are young and growing.
Here are four summer tree care tips.
- Add a fresh layer of mulch!
Mulch protects the roots from heat and helps the soil retain moisture. Use organic materials like wood chips or pine needles which provide the tree with helpful nutrients as it decomposes. The layer of mulch should be 3 inches from the base of the tree, 3 inches deep, and extend out to the end of the roots.
It is important to keep trees well-watered during hot weather. Trees prefer deeper, less frequent watering than regular watering. This allows water to soak into the ground, which encourages deeper root growth. It is better to water early in the morning or late in the evening to minimize evaporation. This will help the tree deal with the heat as the temperature rises during the day. If the leaves are turning yellow or brown, or if the soil is dry 3-5 inches deep, then it is time to water the tree.
Fertilizing adds nutrients to the soil that can be diminished in the hot, summer sun. It will help the tree stay strong and healthy, developing s healthy leaf and root system. Fertilizing properly can also help repel pests and diseases.
- Inspect for Pests and Diseases
Pest and disease are common issues during the warm, summer months. Regular inspections of trees allow you to identify any problems during the early stages. Look for bare patches, dead branches, dripping sap, visible pests, and bored holes in leaves.
Summer tree care is important to ensure that your trees stay healthy and that they will last a lifetime. It’s always a good idea to consult with a local tree care professional or arborist for personalized advice based on your specific circumstances. Give Integrity Tree Care with concerns or questions you may have about the health, maintenance, or well-being of your trees.