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Tree Inspections During Summer: Keep Your Landscape Healthy

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When summer arrives, the heat from rising temperatures can bring unique challenges to the trees in your landscape. Taking care of your trees during the summer months is vital for maintaining tree beauty and health. The following guide is a summer check-up and checklist that can help you feel prepared for the heat. We will cover how to identify early signs of tree stress, the importance of appropriate watering, the benefits of pruning and pest control, and the final steps you can take for a thriving tree once summer has ended. 

Spotting Early Signs of Stress

Summer is a taxing time for trees, so learning the signs of stress and how to address them is key to their survival. Trees will show specific symptoms when they are suffering. Knowing and monitoring these signs can help you begin the process of repair. 

  • Wilting Leaves: Wilting leaves is an initial sign of a stressed tree. This usually happens when trees are not receiving adequate water or are not absorbing moisture from the soil as they should. 
  • Premature Leaf Drop: One response to drought conditions is trees shedding leaves earlier than normal. The early dropping of leaves is a way that the tree can conserve water and survive. 
  • Unusual Discoloration: When leaves change color out of their typical timeline, it can mean there are nutrient deficiencies of water stress. 

Monitoring your trees can help you take proactive measures when you see the signs. 

The Importance of Proper Watering

During the hot summer months, watering becomes a vital aspect of tree care. Interestingly, it is possible to overwater your trees, so finding the right balance can help you from damaging your trees. 

  • Understanding Tree Species Needs: Each tree has unique water requirements. While some trees may need a deep watering once a week, other trees may need more frequent, shallow watering. Learning about your trees is one way to help you enact appropriate watering. 
  • Mulching: One way to help your trees retain moisture is by placing mulch around the base of the tree. Retaining moisture also means that you don’t have to water as frequently. Additionally, using organic mulch, such as bark or wood chips, can keep the tree moist while adding nutrients to the soil as it decomposes. 
  • Watering Techniques: Deep watering is achieved by soaking the soil to a depth of 12 inches. Deep watering can help trees withstand drought conditions and encourage deep root growth. To assist in minimizing water loss due to evaporation, water early in the morning or late in the evening. 

Even during the hottest days of summer, your trees can remain hydrated and healthy.

Pruning and Pest Control

Summer is a fantastic time to focus on pruning and pest control. These strategies aid in maintaining tree health and aesthetics.

  • Benefits of Pruning: The energy of the tree can be directed toward new growth when you remove damaged and dead branches. Pruning also makes way for better air circulation and light penetration. This contributes to the reduction of fungal diseases, as well as managing the tree size so it can thrive. 
  • Identifying Pests: When the warmer weather comes, pests emerge and can cause damage to your trees. Infestations can damage the tree, particularly with aphids, spider mites, and caterpillars. Keep an eye on your trees to monitor for signs of infestation. These signs include webbing, chewed leaves, and sticky residue on branches and leaves. 
  • Natural Pest Control: You can help reduce pests with environmentally friendly methods. Some examples include introducing beneficial insects such as ladybugs and using natural pest control resources, such as insecticidal soaps or neem oil. 

You can have healthier and more resilient trees by adding pruning and pest control into your summer tree care routine. 

Preparing for Summer and Beyond

Tree care goes beyond the summer season, so thinking ahead and preparing your trees for the changing weather is also important. When you take care of your trees in the summer, it makes shifting to the upcoming seasons smoother. 

  • Fertilization: Applying a slow-release fertilizer is one way to prepare your trees for receiving essential nutrients. Adequate nutrients help support the development of roots and the overall health of the tree. 
  • Inspecting for Structural Issues: Address any signs of disease or weak branches on the tree. Further damage may occur during storms or heavy winds if weak branches are not tended to. 
  • Irrigation Systems: If you have an irrigation system, verify that it is correctly and efficiently functioning. This can ensure that you are conserving water and that your trees receive the hydration they need. 

Schedule Your Free Tree Estimate Now!

Our team at Anderson’s Tree Care Specialists can review the health of your trees, recommend necessary treatments, and provide ideas for creating a healthy landscape throughout the seasons. Contact us today so your trees can thrive through every season.

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