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Keeping Your Trees Hydrated This Summer

Keeping Your Trees Hydrated This Summer

As we are experiencing some lovely hot weather at the moment, we thought it would be great to let you know how to keep your trees hydrated all year round.

With all of the hot weather we are having, and we are not complaining, it really matters to take care of your trees and other greenery. The extreme heat and droughts we have been having can really play havoc with the overall health and growth of your trees. So, our professional team are on hand to offer some assistance to keep your trees nourished and healthy throughout the summer.

Cooler Mornings, Hotter Nights

As you will be aware, the only time period of brief coolness you will get will be most likely in the mornings. The nights are getting much hotter as the sun starts to set and with the colder mornings, there is less chance of evaporation so your trees can get as much moisture as possible.

Watering your trees in the early mornings gives them a much higher chance of soaking up all the nutrients and the majority of the water making its way to the roots rather than sitting on the surface. If you can’t make the mornings, choose another cool point of the day like early evenings but always make sure the leaves are dry before nightfall to avoid various fungi forming.

Don’t Over-Do the Water

It is absolutely vital that you don’t overdo the water supply when watering your trees. Although you might think a massive tree will need a massive amount of water, you could end up drowning your growths if you’re not careful.

Too much water can drown the roots of any tree but at the same time, not enough water can dehydrate the tree. Those trees that are over-watered are also more likely to attract certain bugs, insects and diseases which is something we are looking to avoid over the warmer months.

We stick to the general rule of green thumb that every 3 days or so you should lightly water your trees with around 4 gallons of water a time. However, individual trees may need more attention than others, such as larger trees or smaller fragile ones needing less. Make sure you always check the soil below the tree and try to not oversaturate the area or make it too soggy.

Top signs of overwatered trees include yellow leaves, water-soaked blisters and even sour smells.

New Trees vs. Old Trees

If you have recently just planted new trees and they are still rooting in your garden, the summer weather will ensure that you should water these at least 3 times a week. You will need to avoid the roots drying out in the heat and the soil will need to be kept moist to encourage growth and healthy maturation.

Your older trees will already be deep-rooted into the ground but they could still have new roots just below the surface. Make sure that you are careful watering the ground and be conscious of not drowning the surface for the roots underneath will not be able to cope.

Remember to Use Mulch

We love using mulch, especially in summer, due to its nutritional values and extra support for all sorts of trees. The mulch acts as a smart barrier for insects and diseases at the same time as insulating the soil to give your trees the moisture they need at all times.

The mulch will retain water, keep away weeds and prevent the compaction of soil around the root of the trees. One note we will make is to always avoid the mulch actually touching the base of the tree so that the roots are never blocked from getting the water they need.

Gardening Know How said that “One of the best benefits of any mulch is its ability to retain moisture in the soil”, which is was we definitely need in these higher temperatures.

Get in Touch

To get in touch for more support around caring for your trees in this hot weather, call us on 0161 456 0989.

Summer Tree Safety with Arboricultural Services Treework Ltd

Hedge Cutting

Now that summertime is just about here, it is about time we looked at how to take care of your garden, trees and hedges safely throughout the warmer months.

As the British sun starts to beam down, occasionally, on your garden area, your trees and growths will start to come into leaf. This is the perfect time to give your trees a health check and include with this a clean-up of dead branches and broken leaves.

Dead Branches and Leaves

Over the winter your trees will have been battered by all weathers and in most cases, there will have been a lack of nutrition and damaged branches or branches prone to splintering. If this is the case, there is a severe danger for anyone in the area and even neighbouring properties due to the risk of collapsing and falling heavy branches.

Finding these branches and broken parts of the tree is so much easier when it starts coming up to spring and summer. The easiest way to identify these broken areas is by waiting until the rest of the tree starts to sprout new growth, and those damaged areas obviously won’t.

Our team are more than capable of spotting these dead areas of your tree and safely cutting them back to avoid fallen branches and poorly maintained trees. Get in touch for tree care, pruning, maintenances and protection that you can trust.

Top Signs to Look Out For

When it comes to inspecting trees on your property, there are some tell-tale signs to look out for in regards to damaged limbs and branches. Our team are able to come out and check any damage prone trees for you on site and provide you with quotes as to what services you may need to keep these as safe as possible.

Those trees that are more than likely going to be damaged in the run-up to summer include:

  • Aged trees
  • Trees with larger canopies
  • Trees that have large foliage and a larger leaf
  • Branches that are rubbing against each other on the same tree or neighbouring trees

Summer Tree Pruning

Summer tree pruning is really all about timing and when you choose to carry out the protection and maintenance work. It is so important to make sure that whatever work you carry out doesn’t hold any stress on the trees themselves.

As summer is a great time for a tree to be at peak health and not dormant, the replenished energy that the tree has will help it recover from coppicing and pruning. Our professional surgeons are able to work carefully with your trees in order to keep them healthy all year round and give each tree the chance to grow properly without further damaging it or the surrounding growth.

Benefits of Summer Pruning

There are so many benefits to pruning your trees in the summer, and the biggest is that it just overall looks better!

As well as having the best-looking trees on your street, you can sleep easy knowing your trees are free from danger, not a hazard to the public or other trees and that your trees are growing healthily all year round.

Pruning can also give way to new growth and reduce the stress on the surrounding trees in the fight for nutrition and light. All trees are living things and need the care they deserve all year round to grow properly without damaging their surroundings, so why not get in touch and start your journey today?

Get in Touch

To find out more or to arrange a site visit for tree care, call our team today on 0161 456 0989 or 01625 850 320.


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