Trees can do you and your home a lot of good. They clean up your air, create a wonderful décor, and in the summer, provide the perfect shade. But no great relationship has ever been one-sided. Your trees need you to take care of them and in return, they will give you optimum benefits. That’s why it’s important to keep in mind the most vital tree care activities for the summer.
Like humans, trees need water, and they can get pretty thirsty in the summer. This is particularly the case for young trees, which need sufficient water in order to develop a strong root system.
Watering Trees During First Two Years
During the first couple growing seasons, your newly planted tree is expending a lot of energy trying to get its roots established in the soil. Especially during the first few summers of your new trees life, it will have a difficult time dealing with heat and drought. You can make this easier by providing water and covering the soil with wood-chip mulch. Deep watering can help speed the root establishment. Deep water consists of keeping the soil moist to a depth that includes all the roots. Read more at Arbor Day Foundation…
You want to make sure the water reaches the roots of the trees. Insufficient surface watering could lead to your trees developing shallow roots and make the tree weak. At the same time, you don’t want to overwater your trees to the point of making the soil soggy. Simply ensure you use enough water to make the soil damp.
Spreading mulch at the base of your trees is also recommended as it helps the tree retain moisture and stabilizes the soil temperature. It also helps to reduce weeds.
Mulch the Base
We talk about mulching a lot and for good reason: it’s the best way to protect tree roots and keep the soil rich with nutrients. The weight of the mulch holds the soil in place and keeps it from blowing away in the wind or washing away during those monsoon rains. If you haven’t spread mulch around the base of your trees, now is the time to do it.
For smaller or younger trees, spread the mulch in an even, thick layer about a foot and a half in width form the trunk. For larger, more established trees, spread mulch so it covers the visible portion of the roots. This will keep weeds and unwanted plant growth from choking the tree or monopolizing the nutrients in the soil. Read more are Bear Creek…
Be careful not to pile mulch against the tree trunk, as this could attract insects. Instead, apply the mulch to form a sort of donut around the base. If there are weeds, be sure to remove them and consider planting creeping plants in their place.
In the summer, trees will typically need to ‘dig deeper’ to access nutrients buried deep in the soil. While this may not be a problem for older trees that are well established, younger ones may need some assistance. As such, some fertilization may be necessary, even though fertilizing is best done in the spring and fall for most trees. Be sure to consult your preferred Hanover County tree arborist for advice.
You also want to take a few minutes each week to inspect your trees:
Are There Any Unwanted Visitors? – There are quite a few insects that won’t bother the tree. However, there are bugs like the Japanese beetle, spider mites, bagworms, spotted lanternflies, and more that can be very harmful to trees. Regular examinations of a tree will help with early prevention. Read more at Strunk Tree Service…
Pruning can also be done in the summer to direct growth by getting rid of unhealthy growth. Ideally, it should be done once seasonal growth is complete. However, this should be done with care; excessive pruning could damage the tree more than help it. If in doubt, call the experts.
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