Trees are not only permanent features of our landscapes, they also provide shelter for wildlife, shade on hot summer days, and clean air. So it’s no wonder that we want them to stay healthy and strong. Throughout the year trees are exposed to a variety of threats from drought, pests, and diseases but, if you follow these tree care tips, you can be sure that your trees will continue to thrive.
Here in the south, it’s not uncommon to experience extended dry spells in the summer. If you have any newly planted trees then you want to pay special attention to them during this time. Young trees need a lot of water to get established and promote rapid root growth. So make sure they are getting watered at least once or twice a week if it’s not raining.
It’s not enough to just dump a bucket or two of water around your tree. You need to water long enough so that the water soaks down into the roots. On hot days water may evaporate before it can even reach the roots. A good way to ensure your tree is getting enough water is to set the garden hose next to it and turn it on low so a steady trickle comes out. Leave it on for an hour or two and your tree will thank you later.
Adding mulch around your trees is a great way to boost the aesthetic quality of your yard. But mulch has more benefits than just curb appeal. Mulch retains moisture which is great for those long dry spells. It also helps insulate roots from intense heat and bitter cold.
Another great benefit of applying mulch around your trees is that it acts as a weed barrier. Weed seeds need sunlight to germinate, if you cover them with a few inches of mulch they will never stand a chance.
Your lawn and garden aren’t the only plants that need to be fed. Trees can benefit from it as well, specifically mature trees that are over ten years old. When trees are young their roots are compact and in a limited area, making surface fertilizer or fertilizer stakes an ideal choice. As they mature, however, roots spread far, wide, and deep, making traditional fertilizers ineffective.
The solution? Deep root fertilization.
With deep root fertilization, you can send nutrients deep into the roots of the tree without losing any to competing plants. The process involves a mixture of fertilizer and water being injected directly into the root system. This way your tree gets exactly what it needs right where it needs it. The deep feeding process also helps aerate the soil making the transfer of air and water easier.
With so many pests actively trying to harm your trees, you need to be on the defensive early before too much damage is done. Insects like the elm bark beetle, spotted lanternfly, and emerald ash borer have decimated trees throughout the country but they aren’t the only ones who can harm your trees.
These pests not only feed on your tree but can weaken its immune system leaving it open to other diseases and fungus. Pest control is essential to your yearly tree care.
The best way to ensure your trees are safe is with dormant oil. Dormant oil, also known as horticultural oil, is applied to trees and fruit trees to protect them from devastating insects. The oil coats the insects and suffocates them, preventing them from overwintering and laying eggs that could lead to an infestation.
If you want to make sure your trees are fully protected this year then call the pros at TruGreen Midsouth. We care about your trees and the appearance of your yard. We provide a comprehensive tree care program designed to keep your trees strong and healthy all year.