June 1, 2022 In the heat of the summer, trees offer many benefits, such as providing cooling shade, minimizing energy costs, and adding beauty to homes. While these advantages are favorable to any homeowner, it is crucial to maintain proper care for trees throughout the summer months. Follow these five summer tree care tips and reap the benefits of happy, healthy trees! 1. Maintain Proper Mulching Mulch contributes to the aesthetics of a landscape and provides trees with rich nutrients essential for growth. In addition, mulch will protect roots from the summer heat and help roots stay hydrated. First, determine what kind of mulch to use and what circumference needs mulch. Then, remove all grass from the area. Next, apply the mulch between two to four inches deep and avoid touching the tree’s trunk with mulch. Finally, be sure to monitor the mulch as it may need reapplication over time. 2. Continue Tree Pruning (When Necessary) Although it is typically best to prune trees during the dormant winter months, some situations require pruning in the summer. For example, broken, hanging, and weak branches need trimming as soon as possible to maintain the tree’s health. In the summer, pruning is also beneficial to touch up an oddly shaped tree, so long as the cuts are less than 1″ in diameter. Additionally, if a tree is getting too large, pruning can be done to diminish its growth intentionally. 3. Hydrate Your Trees Especially during the dryness of the summer, trees need water to nurture their health and growth. However, tree hydration requires some research as trees vary in hydration needs. When in doubt about when to water your trees, a good rule of thumb is to ensure trees get about an inch of water per day. However, keep in mind that a tree’s age, size, location, climate, and other factors will affect the amount of water it requires. Varying tree needs are essential to note because as much as it is vital to maintain tree hydration, it is equally important to avoid overwatering. 4. Fertilize Trees to Ensure Ample Nutrition Sometimes, soil can lack the nutrients necessary for trees to flourish. Tree fertilization works to restore those essential nutrients and, in turn, enhances tree health, promotes growth, and nourishes vitality. Refrain from applying fertilizer when trees are under heat and drought stress. Instead, for best results, apply fertilizer directly into moist soil. Newly planted trees benefit from fertilization early in the year, while mature trees benefit from fertilization in late fall or early spring. However, if a tree is showing signs of nutrient deficiency during the summer, light fertilization may help to revitalize its health. 5. Inspect for Pests Summer is notorious for pest infestations in trees. Frequently keeping an eye out for the common signs of pest infestation can help mitigate the problem early and avoid irreversible damage or tree death. Key signs to look out for include discoloration, fungal growth, exit holes, wilting branches, and lifting roots. While it is best to take preventative action to avoid infestation entirely, knowing the signs and regularly inspecting for pests is a best practice for summer tree care. We know it’s a lot to take in. Unfortunately, DIY summer tree care risks the possibility of tree damage, sickness, or even death. Hiring a professional will ensure that your trees receive the best quality care based on their unique needs. That’s why our team at Front Range Arborists is committed to knowing the ins and outs of tree care and maintenance. We are equipped with the necessary tools and expert knowledge to provide clients with quality arborist services. Summer is coming up quickly, and we are ready to serve your valued landscape trees and shrubs. Get a free estimate today by calling Front Range Arborists at (719) 635-7459 or filling out our online form.