Summer is here and we all know that means stifling heat for weeks on end. And it’s not only us that feel the heat of the season, trees can also become stressed by a long, hot summer if they’re not properly cared for. So, what are some of the best things you can do to keep your trees happy and healthy? Here are our top 5 summer tree care tips.
1. Have An Arborist Do An Inspection Of Your Trees
Hiring a qualified Arborist to come and take a look at your trees is essentially like your trees having a check-up at the Doctor. The Arborist will be able to quickly identify any issues such as pest infestation, tell-tale signs of sickness and disease, advise whether the tree is unsafe and provide advice on the best course of action to take.
Given that with summer comes the severe storm season here in South-East Queensland, this is a great opportunity to make sure your trees are ready for the season and not at risk of falling over or dropping heavy limbs onto your home and property. It also takes the uncertainty out of what you should be doing, so you can feel confident that you’re doing the right things to ensure the health of your trees.
If your tree has any dead, dying or diseased limbs it’s always a great time to remove them so they’re not going to fall in high winds or storms, but particularly now when we’re headed into the storm season. This also lessens the risk of infestation from pests and promotes the health and longevity of the tree.
If you’re not highly experienced, have knowledge about the particular tree and you don’t have the appropriate tools and equipment to carry out the pruning work – it’s probably best not to attempt it yourself. DIY pruning can be highly dangerous for both yourself and your tree. Incorrect pruning techniques can adversely impact your tree and leave it more at risk of sickness and disease, weaken its structural integrity and affect its growth.
A qualified Arborist will have expert knowledge around what to prune and why, and will safely and efficiently do the job and remove all of the mess afterwards. Easy done!
To put it mildly – mulch is amazing! Mulching is basically like giving your trees a health tonic because it does so many great things. Mulch helps regulate the temperature of the soil, it helps retain moisture in the soil, it helps lessen the risk of pest infestation, it reduces weeds and it looks and smells amazing. Plus, it’s budget friendly and easy to apply. Form a donut shape around the base of the tree trunk, but don’t pile the mulch up right next to the trunk, leave approximately 10 – 15 centimetres immediately surrounding the trunk so you don’t suffocate the tree.
Over the summer months, you may need to give your trees some extra water, especially if you have newly planted or young trees. Trees need water to survive, and a tree with insufficient water when it’s very hot can quickly become sick and at risk. Check the soil roughly 10 centimetres below the surface – the soil should ideally be moist, not too dry or wet. A good thorough watering will help encourage robust underground root growth which will keep your tree’s foundation strong.
5. Regular Check-ups
Routinely check your trees over the course of the season for any signs of heat stress, pests or other sickness. Heat stress is basically when your tree loses water faster than it can replace it. Some common signs can be dried out, discoloured leaves and wilting or drooping of leaves and branches. It’s critical that if you notice these signs that you take action immediately as the tree can become sick and die if it’s not getting enough water in severe, hot conditions which means it’s unsafe.
Signs of pest infestation can include holes in the branches and trunk, wood shavings around the base of the tree, changes in the leaves and mud tubes. Have your local Arborist take a look if you’re at all unsure – the sooner you deal with these issues the better.
For The Very Best In Tree Care
If you’d like to give your trees the check-up they deserve, Aussie Tree Solutions are your local team of professional Arborists. We’ve been looking after South-East Queensland trees for over 35 years and offer a full range of services from tree pruning and tree removals to mulch, stump grinding and everything in-between. Take the hassle out of your summer tree care this year and call us now for an obligation free quote.