How to Keep Your Trees in Great Condition in The Summer Heat
Trees are an important part of any landscape. They provide shade, act as a barrier to prying eyes and sooth the eyes. In the summer heat, the trees take a hit. Caring for your trees in summers becomes all the more important. Trees that are young need extra care as they are delicate. If the tree does not receive the care it needs, it can fall prey to many serious consequences like attack by insects.
Signs of stress you should watch out for
A tree is in distress when it loses water faster than it is able to replenish it. On days when the temperature is extremely high, you should look out for signs of stress like dropping leaves or wilting, or yellowing leaves. Sap oozing from the trunk is also a sign of stress. In summers when there is little precipitation, a large tree loses as much as 100 gallons of water every day.
Tips to care for your trees in summer
Here are some ideas you can use to care for your trees and keep them in a good condition even when the scorching summer sun wreaks havoc.
- Fresh layer of mulch: Adding mulch is a great way of protecting the roots and retaining moisture. Acidic mulch helps maintain the pH level of the soil and promotes growth. You must add just enough mulch, as an excess can attract germs and pests.
- Consistently water the trees: A very important tip to remember is to keep the trees hydrated at all times. Drip irrigation helps promote root growth. You should try to water the trees early in the morning before the weather gets very hot.
- Don’t prune too often in summer: Pruning helps maintain the look of the tree and maintains its overall health. However, in summers you should avoid pruning unless it is to remove a damage portion. Pruning in summers will put extra stress on the tree.
- Proper fertilisation: Healthy soil leads to healthy trees. Nourished soil promotes tree growth, healthy roots and leaves and keeps the nutrients intact. Nutrients also protect the trees from infections and pests. You must consider a good quality fertiliser.
- Inspect for pests: A tree that appears healthy, may actually have a pest infestation. Hot and humid weather gives insects a conducive environment to attack the trees. The experts at DNS Landscaping can help you by regularly inspecting your trees and also keeping a check on possible local infestations.
Some ideas for after summer care of trees
Despite your best efforts, some trees may get impacted by the summer heat. You need not panic as with the right measures you can revive the struggling trees. A professional will be able to identify the exact root cause and advise you on the most effective solution. Most trees are very resilient and can bounce back after summers. However, it is important to act in time.
If you want an expert to help you with landscaping and taking care of your precious trees you can reach out to us at DNS Landscaping. We will happy to assist. You can call us on (210) 765-8667 or visit our website.