Summertime is a season that is often associated with outdoor fun and festivities, but it can be tough on trees, especially young, old, or newly planted ones. As temperatures rise, trees can become stressed, and it’s essential to take care of them to ensure their survival. Here are some essential steps to keep your trees healthy and hydrated during the summer months.
- Adequate Water Supply: Trees need water just like any other living being. They lose water through transpiration, and during the summer, this process can speed up, putting additional stress on the trees. To keep your trees hydrated, make sure they have an adequate supply of water. One way to do this is by applying mulch around the base of the tree. This helps to reduce water evaporation from the soil. You can also use an irrigation system or hand-water your trees at the end of a warm day.
- Feeding Newly Planted Trees: Newly planted trees need extra care and nutrition to help them grow and fend off pests and diseases. A balanced tree food or fertilizer will give them the nutrients they need to thrive. Trees growing in urban environments may also require additional nutrition, so be sure to keep an eye on their growth and adjust their feeding accordingly.
- Tree Health Check: Summer is an excellent time to inspect the overall health of your trees. With leaves in full growth, it’s easier to spot damaged, diseased, or dead branches. Regular maintenance, such as pruning or removing damaged branches, can help keep your tree healthy and reduce the risk of it failing. If you suspect disease but are unsure, it’s best to get a qualified arborist to check your tree and provide a diagnosis.
In conclusion, taking care of your trees during the summer months is essential to keep them healthy and hydrated. By following these steps, you’ll ensure your trees will have a happy and long life, providing shade, beauty, and shelter for years to come. At Beaver Tree Service, we’re here to help you care for your leafy friends. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need any assistance!
Bryce Robb is Director/Head Arborist of Beaver Tree Service