The summer months in North Georgia can bring different weather, from sweltering heat to summer rains. Homeowners have to prepare their trees and shrubs for the hot weather and the erratic drizzles. Some basic things should be done to protect your tree’s health during the summer months. Here’s what you should remember:
Pruning your trees and shrubs means taking out dead or damaged branches. During the summer, especially if there has been a lot of rain, there will probably be lots of growth happening on the tree. It could make the tree look unkempt or be prone to diseases, so it’s essential to keep up with maintenance through pruning. In addition, violent storms can cause branches to break off, which can also lead to injury to the tree and people or objects nearby. By pruning your tree, you can prevent these problems from occurring.
Watering your trees and shrubs helps ensure that they don’t dry out too much. It is crucial to water your trees regularly throughout the summer months, but not too frequently. Too much watering could cause root rot or excess water damage. Also, avoid over-watering to prevent soil erosion.
A good rule of thumb is to water young saplings at least once a day, then once every week when it starts to grow. Older trees usually don’t need to be watered manually, but if it hasn’t rained in a month, you may want to water them yourself.
3. Use a Root Stimulator
If you notice that the roots of your tree aren’t growing correctly, then you should use a root stimulator. Root stimulation allows your trees to stimulate root growth to survive during the summer months. With stronger roots, trees can withstand drought and heavy winds better. Deeper roots also mean that trees can absorb nutrients to become healthier and more resistant to disease.
4. Maintain Mulch
During the hot summer months, mulch acts like a blanket protecting the ground beneath the tree. If you have bare soil underneath, it will get hotter than usual and result in insects and other pests living in the area. Mulching keeps the soil cooler and helps retain moisture in the ground. You should use bark chips, straw, wood chips, etc., depending on what type of plants you have around your property.
5. Check for Tree Damage
Tree damage comes in many ways — cavities, broken limbs, insect infestations, and even fungus. Since each year brings new challenges, you should always check for tree damage before the summertime. You can also check for yellowing leaves, brown spots, or discoloration. These symptoms could indicate certain diseases that you might want to take care of immediately.
Tree and Shrub Care at ALF Lawn & Pest Solutions
It can be tricky to maintain a healthy lawn all year round, but by following our tips above, you’ll be sure to keep your trees happy and healthy this summer. Here at ALF Lawn & Pest Solutions, we provide tree and shrub care for our clients in North Georgia. Our team is here to help with your trees and lawn care concerns. Call us at (844) 369-TURF to know more about our services.