Your trees are an important part of your landscaping. They provide shade and add character to your yard. Yet in the summer, there are increased dangers to your trees, especially when they do not receive enough water. An unhealthy tree is also risky, because dead branches can break off and fall during severe weather, putting your house, family, and pets at risk. Here’s a closer look at the summer tree care steps you can take to ensure your trees can grow and thrive all summer long.
Inspect Your Property
In the summer, take a close look at the trees on your property, inspecting them for signs of drought stress, pests, and diseases. If you notice these problems, take action quickly to address them to protect the health of your trees and shrubs.
Trees typically need an inch of water each week to grow properly. If you know that your area is experiencing a drought, you will need to water them. Signs of drought stress include:
- Off-color, undersized leaves
- Leaf scorch
- Dropping leaves
- Early fall coloring
- Yellowing of the leaves
- Limited twig growth
- Small, poorly formed buds
That said, over watering is also damaging to your trees, so be cautious about how much you water.
Tree pests are also a potential problem in the summer. Watching for insects and insect damage is an important part of summer tree care. Visible pests on the tree or holes in the leaves are common symptoms. Some pests will also build nests in the trees, which look like silk webs. If you notice these problems, get professional help quickly.
Finally, be sure to check for signs of disease. Disease can cause limbs to stop producing leaves, create fungus on the branches, or cause spots on foliage. Remove dead or diseased branches at the first sign of a problem to protect the rest of your tree.
Summer is the time to take action to encourage proper growth and health for your trees and shrubs. Tree and shrub pruning can help encourage better growth and protect you and your property from dead branches that could fall at the first sign of weather problems. Working with an experienced arborist will ensure that you are pruning safely and protecting the growth of your trees.
Next, apply any treatments your tree needs for health and growth. This may include fertilizer or treatment for disease. Before applying any treatments, talk to an arborist to ensure you are using the best products for your tree’s needs.
Talk to a Professional
Summer tree care is not difficult, but you do need to know what to look for. Sometimes, what looks to you like signs of a problem is just normal tree growth and change, while what may seem like no big deal is actually a serious issue. Talk to a professional to determine what summer care you need to take for your trees.
Senske has a team of certified arborists who are ready to help. We also have a full line of summer tree care services available. Contact a certified Senske arborist for a free estimate for summer tree care today.