Summer Shade Trees
Summer Tree Care Guide: Keeping Your Trees Healthy and Happy!

As the sun takes centre stage and summer unfolds its warm embrace, it’s crucial to ensure that your trees not only survive but thrive during these hot and sometimes challenging months. Proper summer care is the key to keeping your leafy companions healthy, vibrant, and ready to provide the shade and beauty you cherish. Here are some essential summer care tips to keep your trees in top-notch condition:

1. Hydration is Key:

Just like us, trees crave hydration during the scorching summer days. For young, newly planted trees ensure your trees receive an ample and consistent water supply, especially during prolonged dry spells. Deep watering is preferred over frequent shallow watering as it encourages the development of a robust root system.

2. Mulch Matters:

Spread a layer of organic mulch around the base of your trees (avoid mulching around the trees truck) to help retain soil moisture, regulate temperature, and suppress weed growth. Mulching not only assists in conserving water but also contributes to the overall well-being of the tree by providing essential nutrients as it decomposes. Mulch should not cover the truck of the tree.

3. Timing is Everything:

Watering during the early morning or late evening is ideal. This allows the tree to absorb moisture before the heat of the day sets in, reducing the risk of evaporation. Avoid watering during the peak sun hours to prevent water droplets from acting as magnifying glasses and potentially harming the leaves.

4. Prune with Precision:

Summer is the perfect time for strategic pruning. Remove dead or damaged branches to promote healthy growth and improve air circulation. Be cautious not to over-prune, as some trees may experience stress during the hotter months.

5. Shield from Stressors:

Protect your trees from stress factors such as lawnmowers, whipper snippers and other machinery that can damage the bark. A layer of mulch around the base can act as a buffer, safeguarding against accidental injuries.

6. Pest Patrol:

Keep a vigilant eye for signs of pests and diseases. Insects are more active in the warmer weather, and prompt identification and treatment can prevent potential damage. Consider consulting with a professional arborist for effective and eco-friendly pest control solutions.

7. Monitor for Signs of Stress:

Keep a close watch on your trees for any signs of stress, such as wilting, yellowing leaves, or unusual leaf drop. Early detection allows for prompt intervention, preventing potential long-term damage.

8. Feed for Finesse:

Consider fertilising your trees with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser to provide them with the nutrients they need to thrive. Be mindful of the specific requirements of your tree species and follow recommended feeding schedules.

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By embracing these summer care tips, you not only ensure the well-being of your trees but also contribute to the vitality and beauty of your outdoor space. So, let your trees enjoy the summer as much as you do, basking in health and radiance under the warm sun.

If you have any more questions please feel free to contact our friendly team at Urban Tree Growers.

Happy summer caring!

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