Summer is here and with families spending more time at home than anywhere else, they’re starting to pay more attention to their home’s landscaping. While it’s always a good idea to hire a Denver tree company
to help you take care of your trees, you don’t need to have them visit every week. You just need to stay on top of regular tree care yourself between those professional appointments. If you’re wondering where you should even start, don’t panic. Taking care of your trees is actually easier than you think and the better you can care for them during the summer months, the more easily they’ll survive during the winter. Here are a few tips to utilize in your yard now.
Mulch the Base
We talk about mulching a lot and for good reason: it’s the best way to protect tree roots and keep the soil rich with nutrients. The weight of the mulch holds the soil in place and keeps it from blowing away in the wind or washing away during those monsoon rains. If you haven’t spread mulch around the base of your trees, now is the time to do it.
For smaller or younger trees, spread the mulch in an even, thick layer about a foot and a half in width form the trunk. For larger, more established trees, spread mulch so it covers the visible portion of the roots. This will keep weeds and unwanted plant growth from choking the tree or monopolizing the nutrients in the soil.
Watch for Pests
Warmer weather means that your trees will start growing more quickly, producing the leaves and blooms you love to see in your yard. Unfortunately, it also means that pests will be more active and the more active they are, the more likely they’ll be to do damage to your trees. The best thing you can do is stay on top of pest inspections.
Every week or so, check your trees for signs of pests. If you notice any burrowing in the trunk or see signs of nibbles on the leaves and discoloration on the bark, call your tree care company as soon as you can. They’ll be able to inspect the tree and make sure the damage isn’t too severe. If it is, they’ll do what they can to mitigate the damage and keep your tree growing strong. They’ll also make a recommendation on how to deal with the pests once and for all.
Keep Them Watered
Denver and the greater Front Range can get really dry during the summer months. When the area doesn’t get a lot of rain, your home’s entire landscape design will need a little more help staying hydrated—your trees included. Pay attention to the forecast over the warmer months and don’t hesitate to reposition your sprinkler heads so they water your trees and shrubs adequately.
If you don’t have a sprinkler system in place, don’t worry. Just grab your garden hose and hand-water your trees and shrubs several times a week. Just take care to water in the early morning or late evening when the sun isn’t at its peak. The sun’s UV rays can scorch the leaves if they get wet, but waiting until later in the day will help you avoid this.
Fertilize as Needed
More established trees are able to withstand harsher conditions more easily and can even access nutrients more deeply buried in the soil than their newer counterparts. Those newer trees need a little extra help if they’re going to grow and establish themselves in your yard and that means fertilizing them as needed.
Talk to your tree service and get their advice on the best types of fertilizer to use and how often you should apply it. They’ll be able to give you the best advice for your yard and your soil’s needs. Make sure you follow their advice as applying too much fertilizer can be more damaging than not using it at all.
Pay Attention to Drainage
When the Front Range does get rain, it’s often so much that it can’t soak into the soil immediately. This can lead to puddles around your yard and those puddles spell major trouble for your trees. When the soil stays overly wet, it can lead to root rot and mold in the tree’s roots. Over time, that mold can leave your tree diseased or even kill it altogether.
After a rainstorm, take a moment to walk around your yard and see if any puddles are collecting around your trees or shrubs. If you see any, check your yard’s drains for blockage and debris. Chances are, those drains are blocked and once you clear away the lawn clippings and leaves, your yard should drain properly.
Take Care of Pruning
Believe it or not, pruning your trees and shrubs can actually help them stay healthy and grow more efficiently during the summer months. Take the time to prune away unhealthy growth or damaged sprigs on your shrubs and trees. If you’re not sure how or want an experienced pro to handle the job, wait until your next appointment with your trusted tree company.
Pruning won’t hurt your trees, but over-trimming can. If you’re going to do it on your own, be cautious rather than over-enthusiastic. Trim the bare minimum that you need to. This will help you avoid hurting the tree and will make it easier to keep the growth looking great all summer long.
Book an Appointment Now
Your trees are one of the most valuable components of your home and your yard. Keep them happy and healthy this summer by following these tips between appointments with your Denver tree service. And make sure you give your trees the helping hand they need by scheduling a summertime tree care appointment now.
We’ll inspect your trees for signs of damage and quickly take care of overgrowth so you can get back to enjoying your yard and the shade your trees have to offer. Contact us today to make an appointment before the summer heat is in full swing.