After waiting patiently all winter for those first few buds of spring, stewards and caretakers of trees are ready to leap into action once the warmer weather finally returns. Proper tree maintenance in the summer depends largely on the age and size of the trees in your yard, as well as the climate you live in and the weather patterns in your area. Here are some tips for keeping your trees healthy and happy in the warm, sunny months ahead.
If you live in an area that is prone to summer thunderstorms, it may be necessary to cable any trees in your yard with weak or structurally compromised branches to protect them from heavy wind and rain. Cabling involves tying the weaker branch to a stronger one in such a way that does not inhibit the tree’s growth. This will help your tree stay healthy while also preventing damage to your house or car from falling limbs and branches.
Summer is an important time for trees to grow and soak up nutrients, and one of the best ways to help them do this is to aerate and fertilize their soil. Aeration helps to bring more oxygen and water to the tree’s roots by breaking up the compacted earth around the tree. Fertilizing your trees will provide them with important nutrients to assist their growth and keep them healthy and resistant to disease.
An important aspect of tree care in the summer is making sure your trees don’t get too dry, especially during your region’s hottest weeks. When watering your trees, make sure to focus on their roots, since that’s where they absorb water. Avoid using sprinklers that spray mainly toward the tree’s trunk or leaves, and try to water your trees in the morning, so the water has time to soak into the earth rather than evaporating.
Protect the beautiful denizens of your yard and encourage their growth by following these tips for warm-weather tree care.