If you have trees in your garden or on your land, it is important to take great care of them all year round. Too often, tree care is seen as a winter task, taking place when heavy storms set in. However, failure to maintain and protect trees through the summer can make them more susceptible to storm damage, decay, and other issues.
With proper tree maintenance throughout the summer months, your trees will grow strong and sturdy – and this will help them withstand rough weather through the other seasons. Always trust a professional with tree pruning and shaping, and other forms of tree surgery. They know how to control future growth and promote great tree health.
Top tips for maintaining healthy trees
Keep your trees hydrated
The first thing to remember is that trees need year round access to water in order to maintain their health. Although the trunks and roots can store water away, dry summers can leave them parched and lead to sickness. Water the ground around your trees regularly, and consider coating the roots in a moist, nutrient rich mulch. Avoid soaking the trunk, however, or you could cause problems with rot and fungus. If in doubt, consult an arborist.
Prune and shape your trees
Tree pruning and shaping is essential during the summer. This is when the tree should be in full bloom, so your tree surgeon can assess the full weight and density of the canopy and crown. This makes it much easier to shape the tree and ensure it is well balanced. Thinning the branches during summer can reduce the chance of overloading during the autumn seeding, so there is less chance of branch breakage and other problems.
Watch out for pests
During the summer months, your trees serve as an important habitat for wildlife. All manner of creatures and organisms will take up home in the leaves, branches, trunk and surrounding soil of your trees. Most will be beneficial to the tree’s health, though some pests can cause damage. If you feel your trees are suffering due to particular inhabitants, consult a qualified tree surgeon or your local pest controller.