Extreme heat can cause trees and other plant life to develop heat stress. Heat stress in trees is often marked by dying leaves and drooping. If a tree is experiencing heat stress, it won’t be able to grow. This is why it’s especially important to avoid heat stress in younger trees.
There are many approaches to tree maintenance to help them avoid heat stress, including consistent watering and proper fertilization. Read on for more ways to keep your trees healthy this summer.
Give them plenty of water
Don’t skimp on watering your trees this summer. It’s usually recommended that you water your trees a few times a week during the summer, but be sure to keep an eye on them. If your tree has wilting leaves, it may need a bit more water. Often, trees need about 10 gallons of water per inch of their diameter.
When watering your tree, it’s best to focus on the roots. Pouring too much water on the tree’s trunk could cause rot over time. You should also schedule your tree watering for early in the morning or in the evening to avoid too much evaporation.
Protect the roots
Trees need plenty of room for their roots to grow and spread. Keeping people away from tree roots can help facilitate this growth. Constant foot traffic over your tree’s roots could weaken them over time. Consider building a small barrier around your tree to prevent people from stepping on its roots. You could do this by installing a small wire fence or even planting several shrubs around the tree.
Watch out for pests
Pests can be a major issue for your trees, no matter what time of year it is. They will weaken the wood, drain sap and destroy leaves if not removed quickly. If you notice any signs of pests, be sure to contact a tree service expert. Let them inspect your plants and see what kinds of pests you’re dealing with before they suggest a treatment approach.
Keep your trees fertilized
If you want your tree to stay healthy, provide them with the right amount of fertilizer. A good fertilizer will give your tree plenty of nourishment while helping prevent weeds. Contact a local tree maintenance expert to see what fertilizer they recommend for your trees.
When applying fertilizer, be sure to spread it evenly along the edge of your tree. You should also water the soil around your tree after applying fertilizer to ensure the nutrients reach its roots.
Make sure your trees remain healthy this summer by providing them with proper tree maintenance, which should include frequent watering and pest removal. It’s also important to protect the roots of your tree and apply fertilizer from time to time. Heat stress can affect almost any tree, so be sure to watch out for the signs. If you’re worried that your tree is experiencing heat stress, contact a tree care professional right away.
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