As the temperature begins to rise and summer settles in, there are several things to remember about taking care of your trees so that they remain healthy through the harsh conditions. The summer solitice, or longest day of the year, is on Wednesday June 20th. This is a good time to consult with your local arborist about preventative maintenance and summer tree care needs. Here are some tips for making sure your trees stay healthy during the hot summer days.
- Water regularly.
Georgia summers have been notably dry, and although we are not currently in a drought, it is still important to water regularly. Unless there is significant rainfall, many trees need to be watered one to two times a week, particularly those that are young and not yet established.
Mulching can retain water and provide essential nutrients to the soil at the base of the tree. It can also protect the shallow roots from the harsh temperatures. A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is recommended at the base of the tree for necessary protection.
- Inspect for Bugs.
There are several species that are more prevalent in summer months. If you are unsure of what to look for, contact your local arborist who can help identify devastating species and provide helpful information on getting rid of the pests.
- Hazard Assessment.
Now is the perfect time to inspect trees to determine hazard assessment. The Atlantic Hurricane season officially began on June 1, 2012 and ends on November 30, 2012. It is important to identify problem areas with trees early on to protect your family, home and property. Contact your arborist to do a complete assessment.
- Tree Pruning.
Keep in mind crown cleaning and other regular maintenance is still okay in Summer as is cabling.