August 8, 2018 9:18 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Even though it’s the hottest time of the year, summer is a great time to get some sun and take care of your trees. An early morning watering session or pruning job can be a cathartic way to start the day before the heat sets in, and it keeps your property looking great. But, that being said, you should make sure you are taking the best possible care of your trees, including doing proper tree trimming in Baton Rouge when needed. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to make sure your trees stay healthy and beautiful all summer long.

Below are four tips and steps for smart summer tree care.

Water, water, water

Summer is the driest and hottest time of the year, which means that trees and plants need more water to stay looking their best. If you notice curling or yellowing leaves or brittle branches, your tree might need more water. Whatever you do, though, be sure not to overwater, as you can damage or kill your tree. Some of the symptoms of overwatering look like the symptoms of a thirsty tree, so keep track of when you water and how much you give them.

Feed your trees

Just like people, trees need nutrients to stay alive, and sometimes good soil alone won’t cut it. Fertilizer is a great addition to the soil around your tree. In some areas, soil lacks the vital nutrients trees and plants need to grow strong. Adding a fertilizer to the soil means they will have access to those vital nutrients. Be sure to look for tree-specific fertilizers, and avoid overusing it.

Mulch it up

Now that your soil and watering is taken care of, consider mulching around the base of the tree to help the soil retain moisture. Adding mulch helps to trap evaporating water and keep it close to the tree roots. If roots are exposed, mulch helps to add a layer of protection. Don’t worry—you can water as normal. The water will filter down through the mulch to the soil while holding onto some of it for later. As a bonus, adding mulch to the trees in your landscape can boost curb appeal and make your garden pop.

Prune where needed

The heat of summer can sap the strength of limbs and make them brittle. As the wood dries, it becomes less flexible and can break if wind or weight hits it at the right angle. If larger branches need attention, call a tree service professional to do the job safely and quickly. Your watering schedule should help to mitigate some of the dryness, but you may need to trim off damaged or heavy branches to keep your tree healthy as can be.

Summer is not the only time your trees need attention. For year-round tree care and maintenance service, like fertilizing and tree trimming in Baton Rouge, don’t hesitate to contact the tree care professionals at Allan’s Tree Service. Call us anytime for more information or to schedule a free estimate!

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