Simple Ways to Keep Your Trees Healthy This Summer

 In addition to Their natural beauty, trees provide shade for pedestrians, help mitigate storm-water runoff and provide a host of other benefits. Caring for them is caring for our community.

In addition to Their natural beauty, trees provide shade for pedestrians, help mitigate storm-water runoff and provide a host of other benefits. Caring for them is caring for our community.

By Mark Rooney

Now that we’re into the dog days of summer, we’d like to remind our friends that the trees in front of your property are your responsibility to care for and maintain. That means watering regularly (especially for younger trees), pulling weeds around the trunk of the tree and mulching properly.

Here are some tips to keep your trees healthy:

Water Them (And Timing Matters)

It’s recommended that you water early in the morning before the sun gets too high in the sky and the temperature heats up. This allows the water to run through the soil and into the roots before it’s too warm and the water begins to evaporate.

Pull Those Weeds

Did you know that aside from being unsightly, weeds can be harmful to trees? It’s true! Weeds and even grass can take valuable nutrients and water away from the tree, and grass even contains chemicals that can be harmful to trees.

Mulch Properly

Mulching your trees wells and gardens doesn’t just look nice, it has important benefits, too!

Mulching helps retain water, prevents weeds and reduces tripping hazards. Make sure you follow the 3-3-3 rule though, where you don’t lay mulch more than 3 inches thick, 3 inches from the base of the trunk and 3 feet around the tree (if the well is that large).

Keeping a few inches away from the trunk is important, as too much mulch around the trunk can become a breeding ground for tree diseases and pests.

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