How to keep your trees healthy all summer

Just like many of us like to do some  ‘spring cleaning’ inside our houses once the nice weather settles in, the trees in our gardens need a good check up after the colder months.

Prune your trees

Pruning often is part of the best care you can give your trees. Identify any dead, diseased or dangerous branches that need to be removed. You can easily prune the smaller ones yourself, but if the branches are not easily accessible or are bigger than you can handle, don’t hesitate to talk to a professional tree surgeon.

Inspect for bugs and diseases

Insect activity can be more of a problem in Spring but some insects will be more active in summer, and if you haven’t done so at the beginning of Spring, it’s always good to check for any unusual pest activity. If you’re not sure, the best thing to do is consult a professional arborist.

Reinforce your trees

The summer months are not always sunny and strong winds or storm can happen anytime. Make sure your trees are prepared for potential severe weather by cabling weak limbs or removing any weak branches. This could help limit the damage of strong winds and rain.

Fertilise the soil

Soil care is very important as it can be the source of many tree problems, such as lack of nutrients or high levels of acidity, for example. If using mulch around your trees, make sure the layer of mulch is thicker than 2 inches, otherwise grass could grow through. Watering your trees shouldn’t be necessary – severe drought is rarely a concern in the UK! But you can monitor the condition of your trees to see if any extra water is needed is the weather is particularly dry.

If you have any concerns regarding your trees, whether it’s insect activity, tree disease or removing dangerous branches, consult with your local tree surgeon who will be able to diagnose the problem and advise a solution.

 

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