From watering to pruning to fertilizing, different seasons call for different ways of caring for your trees. Since it’s still summer, let’s take a look at what you should be doing for your trees during these warmer, often drier months. Your summertime efforts will result in a healthy, beautiful landscape, month in and month out. Below, landscape professionals share their best summer tree care tips for Chazy, NY homeowners:
- Watering: Summer weather can be hot and dry, hot and humid or a combination of all three elements depending on where you live in the country. Summertime, more than other seasons, may require you to water your trees more often, especially if you’ve planted new trees or your trees are young. When it comes to watering trees, the rule of thumb is to water an average of one inch per week. Alternatively, you can use the “slow water” method or employ drip irrigation to water trees deeper and less often. Less-frequent watering actually promotes better root growth than shallow, more frequent watering techniques.
- Mulching: A good time to add mulch to trees is in the spring, but if you didn’t do it then, there’s still time! The thing about mulching is it cuts down on weed competition, helps conserve moisture in the soil and stabilizes soil temperatures—it’s an important step in your landscaping regimen. The pros suggest mulching trees with three to four inches of shredded hardwood mulch. Apply enough around the base of the tree to form a donut shape, and avoid pushing mulch up against the trunk, because it promotes insect habitation and disease.
- Fertilizing: Summertime tree care includes making sure trees have proper nutrition. Fertilization supports new leaf and shoot growth and fends off tree diseases and pests, but you must fertilize correctly to avoid damaging or even killing your trees. If you live in an urban or suburban area, your trees will have a greater need for fertilizer than trees growing in more natural or wild environments.
- Trimming or pruning: While you can hack away at a majority of shrubs and bushes, tree pruning requires a bit of skill and a lot of patience. Ideally, tree trimming should be done during the dormant season, but there are times when summer tree pruning is necessary. For example, dead, diseased and damaged branches should be removed no matter the season for health and safety reasons. Then there are trees that flower in the spring, such as lilac, magnolia and flowering cherry. These trees benefit from pruning sessions during the summer months—the best time to prune is as soon as they finish blooming. If you have particularly large trees that need pruning, hire a professional for the job.
- Inspecting for pests: If you know what you’re looking for, you can examine your trees for pest infestations. Keep in mind that although the majority of insects will not harm trees, the ones that are harmful can attack a tree’s system until it weakens or dies. A certified arborist can identify and deal with tree pests early.
Follow these summer tree care tips in Chazy, NY, and remember you can call Rand Hill Lawns, Inc. anytime for help with your trees!
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