How to prepare your trees for summer.
Summer is a time of growth and abundance, but it can also be quite tough on your trees. High temps, dry weather, and strong winds can be a big stress factor to your trees, potentially leaving them susceptible to pests, diseases, and even structural damage in the case of a tree falling onto property structures. On the bright side, you can take some precautions to ensure that your trees thrive this summer. Here are some pointers to get you started.
Deeply water your trees.
Trees require more water than usual to survive during the summer. Deep water your trees at least once a week to ensure they get enough water. This entails soaking the soil around the tree's roots for about 6 inches. If you live in a drought-prone area, you may need to water your trees more frequently.
Mulch the base of your trees.
A layer of mulch or compost aids in the moisture retention of the soil, the regulation of soil temperature, and the suppression of any weed.. Apply an organic mulch or compost layer around the base of your trees, keeping the mulch away from the trunk. This will help to protect the trees’ roots from damage caused by extreme temperatures and water loss.
Prune your trees
Pruning your trees can help to improve their structure in the long term, encourage healthy growth, and reduce the risk of wind damage if it’s thinned out enough. Summer is an excellent time to prune your trees because you can easily see the shape and health of the tree. Remove any dead, damaged, or diseased branches and thin out crowded areas to encourage airflow.
Fertilizing your trees can help them grow more rapidly and live longer. Follow the manufacturer's instructions when using a slow-release fertilizer designed specifically for trees, but preferably opt for organic-based fertilizers. Overfertilization, especially with chemical or synthetic-based fertilizers, can cause root burn and other soil issues, so use caution.
Examine for pests and diseases.
The summer months are ideal for pests and diseases to attack your trees. Insect signs include holes or bite marks in the leaves, yellowing or wilting foliage, and unusual growths on the trunk or branches. If you suspect that your tree is infected with a pest or disease, it’s best to contact a professional arborist who can correctly diagnose the problem and recommend the best course of action.
You can help your trees stay healthy and strong this summer by following these tips. Remember that each tree species has its own set of needs and requirements concerning fertilization and pruning, so do some research on the specific trees in your yard to ensure you're giving them the correct care they require. You can then enjoy the shade, beauty, and benefits of your trees all summer long with a little effort. If you'd rather pay someone, find Overberg Arborists here.