While you are busy this summer watering your grass and keeping up with lawn maintenance it’s easy to overlook the most dominant features on your property: your trees. While trees may seem strong in indestructive there are a host of problems that they face if you aren’t paying attention. To keep your trees healthy and looking their best check out these summer tree care tips.
As the dog days of summer approach, it can not be stressed enough how important water is to your trees, especially new ones. Trees are just like any other plant; they need a steady supply of water. While trees can store large amounts of water, in drought conditions they can use up their stores rather quickly. Young and new trees should be watered at least twice a day for the first few weeks.
Mulch does wonder for a yard’s curb appeal but it does much more than just beautify your property. Laying down just a few inches of mulch around your trees is an excellent summer tree care technique. Mulch can benefit your trees in a number of ways.
Weed seeds are everywhere. They lie dormant in the soil until conditions are ideal for them to germinate. This includes temperature and access to sunlight. When mulch is placed around a tree or shrub it keeps the sunlight from reaching the seeds and thus prevents germination.
Mulch also acts as a blanket, keeping your tree’s roots warm in winter and cool in the summer.
Mulch also works great at absorbing and holding water which keeps your trees hydrated longer with less water lost to evaporation.
Trees and shrubs need to be fertilized just like your other plants. Tree fertilization with bigger trees with a large root spread it can be difficult and expensive to do. The disadvantage of traditional tree fertilizers is that they just sit on the surface and take a long time to actually get down into the roots and that’s after surrounding plants take their share.
Luckily there’s a method called deep root fertilization that solves these issues. Deep root fertilization uses a machine that injects water, fertilizers, and insecticides under high pressure, deep into the root systems of the trees. This way competition is eliminated and the nutrients are absorbed much faster. The method also helps aerate the soil and prevent compaction.
Insects are the biggest threat to trees in your yard. The elm bark beetle and the emerald ash borer have together killed more trees in the United States than any other pest. But they are just two of the many insects that can cause irreversible damage to your investments.
Treating trees for pests usually consists of tree spraying during the summer and dormant oil application in the spring or fall. Dormant oil is a thick substance that is applied to the trunks of trees to coat and kill overwintering insects and their eggs.
At Environmental Turf Management we provide everything your yard needs, from tree and shrub care to pest control. Call us at 770-466-0234 for more information on summer tree care or drop us a message here.