Georgia summers are brutally hot, and your trees cannot go in for some air conditioning like you. Your trees need specialized maintenance to help them survive and thrive during the scorching heat. Our 770-Tree-Guy arborists, also known as tree doctors, can guide you in prioritizing your trees’ health.
Helping Your Trees Beat The Heat
- Protect Your Tree’s Roots—Think of mulch as the sunglasses for your soil. Mulch offers a layer of protection for your dirt and roots. With mulch, your soil gets infused with extra beneficial nutrients. Also, your soil will not risk being too dry or scorched. Add a 3 inch layer of mulch around your tree in a 3-6 feet diameter with a donut shaped hole around the trunk. Piling mulch around the trunk can encourage pests, mold, and diseases.
- Keep Your Watering Slow and Steady—Your trees will definitely want a refreshing drink in this heat. Trees need roughly 1 inch of water weekly during the growing season. We recommend deeply watering your trees because the roots and soil need water deeper than just a few inches. If possible, water for 30-60 minutes in the morning because of evaporation. Using a sprinkler or only watering shallowly will result in your trees developing shallow roots. Shallow roots will lead to a weakened tree. Keep the roots deep and healthy by watering deeply.
- Feed Your Soil—Fertilizing your soil will help ensure that your trees grow and produce foliage properly. Additionally, fertilization will strengthen your trees to be resistant to pests and diseases. Beyond fertilizer, consider feeding your soil through soil amendments. If you test your soil and find elements that are deficient, you should do soil amendments to eliminate the deficiency. If your soil lacks the proper balance or is too acidic, your tree health will suffer. A soil test can easily be performed DIY style. You can purchase a kit at a home improvement store, hardware store, or online.
- Push Out The Pests—Warmer weather can bring unwanted visitors. These are the most common pests that may attack your trees: spider mites, bagworms, Japanese beetles, aphids, and magnolia scale. Examine your trees carefully to see if any pests are present. If you see the pests or evidence of their presence, reach out to our team. We are tree health care professionals, and we would be glad to offer recommendations for pest control.
- Schedule a Checkup—Your trees could be due for a checkup. The best way to prioritize your trees’ health is through preventative care. We can assess your trees’ general health and make recommendations for improving their wellness. Also, if your trees have any signs of disease, damage, pests, etc., we can offer solutions to remedy the issue before it becomes more serious.
Help your trees beat the summer heat and call for an arborist consultation! We will prepare a personalized tree health care plan for your trees.