Trees and the Heat

As I’ve mentioned previously, it’s been pretty darn hot. Lawns are drying up, sprinkler water is partially evaporating before hitting the ground and air conditioners are going full blast.

So, what does this mean for your trees?

It can be hard to tell how your tree is doing when it comes to moisture. Cheaper moisture meters aren’t very accurate and there’s no way to tell by just looking at the soil if it’s too dry. The best way to ensure your tree is doing ok moisture-wise (without waiting for the leaves to wilt) is to dig up some of the soil with a trowel or use a metal rod. You can insert the rod into the soil. If there is an unusual amount of resistance, this can indicate a lack of moisture.

Another way to ensure your tree actually receiving enough water is to water it at low pressure. Some people blast the leaves, trunk or soil for a few seconds and expect that to be sufficient. A better action is to set the hose on low and allow the water to soak the soil for a few minutes. This will allow the water to sink through the soil and get into the root system.

Finally, keep an eye out for disease or dead leaves and nip them in the bud by pruning them back. Note that summer pruning is a tricky business – you do not want to cut the tree back like you would in winter when it’s dormant. You just want to trim off the diseased or dead areas and that is literally it. So, don’t go hog-wild and hire a professional if you’re unsure about what to do.

Check out this website for awesome landscaping tips and info on summer care of your yard.

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