As summer draws closer and the temperatures rise, it’s good to start thinking about protecting your landscape from the heat. Mainly your trees and shrubs, which you’ve invested your hard-earned time and money into maintaining. Summer tree care is essential to keeping your trees and shrubs healthy throughout the summer.
Proper care for your trees and shrubs throughout the summer will give you that pristine landscape you’ll love. That all starts with protecting your assets. Below are three ways to beat the heat and protect your trees and shrubs this summer.
Proper watering is one of, if not the most important, tip on this list. Drought also makes the tree/shrub more susceptible to stressors caused by diseases and insects.
You can’t tell whether or not the soil is dry simply by looking at it; you have to test it. The best way to do this is to use your finger and try to place it in the soil. If you feel resistance, and if the soil feels dried out, watering will be required. Remember: it is better to water deeply and infrequently, as opposed to lightly and often.
A couple days of deep, infrequent watering provides the roots with enough moisture to sustain themselves until the next rainfall. Watering every 8–12 days during periods of drought is more than enough for established trees and shrubs. For newer trees, you will want to test the soil more often and water every 6–8 days (or as needed).
Mulch plays a huge role in protecting your trees and shrubs, as well. By working as a protective barrier between the soil and heat (and wind), mulch keeps the soil temperatures cool and regulated. It also aids in moisture conservation by reducing surface evaporation and blocking out those pesky weeds. This ultimately protects your trees and shrubs from feeling the effects of drought and poor soil conditions.
For best results, you will want to apply 2–4 inches of mulch around the base of your trees and shrubs. Do not place mulch against the base of the plant, however, as that will encourage problems caused by diseases and insects. One way to think of it is to form a doughnut shape around the base of the tree or shrub with the mulch. If you ever find grass or weeds popping through your mulch, pull them and apply more mulch to get back within that 2–4 inch range.
Soil conditions can make or break the health and appearance of your trees and shrubs. If the soil is dry, nutrient-deficient, and compacted, it will be difficult for the plant’s root system to receive the important nutrients it needs for proper growth. Whereas if the soil is watered properly, provided with proper nutrients, and free of compaction, it’ll be able to take those nutrients deep into the plant’s root system, resulting in sustained, healthy growth.
Some great ways to care for the soil are: proper watering (as discussed above); fertilizing to provide the soil with important nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium; and alleviating soil compaction by aerating, dethatching, and raking up any debris in the landscape beds. The healthier the soil is, the more resistant your trees and shrubs will be to drought, disease, and insect infestations.
The best thing you can do for your trees and shrubs this summer is to call the professionals in tree and shrub care at Gro Lawn. Our team has the knowledge and experience necessary to provide your plants with everything they need to not just survive this summer, but to thrive!
Get in touch here, or give us a call at (817) 447-7711 to hear about our tree and shrub care service and how we can help you protect your investment all year long. Contact us today to request a free estimate or to set up an appointment to see the positive impact the Gro Lawn team can have on your landscaping.