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When the summer weather is hot and dry, you will want to make sure that your trees are healthy so you can maximize their benefits, such as shade, fruit, or an attraction for area wildlife. Preparing for summer heat isn’t necessarily difficult, but it can mean a little extra work to ensure proper care before the weather changes and during the warmer, dryer months. Hiring an experienced arborist to assist you with summer preparations and to keep your trees are healthy this season is essential. If you’re in Oregon, you may consider contacting Vernon Imel, a Pacific tree service that offers many helpful resources.

Here are five tips to keep your trees healthy this summer.

1. Trimming and Pruning


Regular maintenance is essential. Taking advantage of an experienced tree technician’s skills for tree trimming and pruning gives you the opportunity to learn what to look for in a healthy tree in the summer. A professional can properly trim your trees so your landscaping stays beautiful year-round as well as protected from the summer heat and sun.

Checking for storm damage or dead or fallen branches and trimming these parts is key to having healthy trees. Inspecting your trees in the spring can actually help prevent damage during the following summer months too. Keeping up with regular pruning to maintain the shape and longevity of your trees improves their health in warmer months and helps them fight off potential issues, such as disease or infestation.

Trimming young trees when they’re less than five years old, is crucial. However, if it’s done too aggressively, it can have a negative and long-lasting impact on the life span of the tree. Knowledgeable tree trimming allows for maximum foliage growth without damaging the entire tree. Certified arborists trim and prune to promote healthy growth for each tree, no matter its age.

2. Inspecting for Pests and Diseases

Pests and diseases can be detrimental to the health of your trees. Tree professionals are experts in identifying any aspects of a tree that are unhealthy, often catching potential problems early on. Arborists can help you to identify and prevent the growth or spread of fungi, mildew, insects, or diseases that could threaten the health of your trees in the summer.

Improper trimming or pruning could expose a tree to many of these problems—if trees are pruned ineffectively, healthy leaf growth, how trees get their energy from the sun, is limited, and the inside of the tree may be left unprotected and susceptible to infection and sun damage. But at Vernon Imel Tree Service, we know how to trim each tree to ensure a healthy, long life span without increasing the risk for problems.

3. Groundskeeping

General lawn care surrounding the base of the tree can also help prevent some of the stress caused by hotter, drier weather. Overall, removing weeds and other plants that compete for nutrients and water nourishment is best done by hand. If you opt to use a mower or string trimmer, avoid cutting too close to the tree to prevent damage to the tree’s trunk. This maintains the integrity of the bark, protecting the tree from decay that can set in due to heat stress and internal drying that might result from external damage.

Since Vernon Imel is a Pacific coast tree service, we know which trees are best suited to your landscape, which trees will be healthiest in your Oregon yard during the summer heat, and which trees thrive during dry spells.

4. Mulch

Using mulch can help protect tree bark, maintain moisture, and help roots to grow deep.
Any variety of organic materials, such as straw, grass, or leaves, can be used as mulch. You can even use shredded bark from an old tree on your property. While you can purchase mulch from a local garden center, you could have one of your tree stumps ground up by a professional Pacific tree service instead. Then, you can ask to keep the broken-down tree waste and benefit from putting it around the base of your trees.

Mulch can also keep weed growth to a minimum, which reduces the need to use a string trimmer or lawn mower close to the tree. It keeps the soil around the roots cooler in the summer as well as keeping the moisture locked in during warmer months.

Mulch only needs to be a surface covering no broader than three feet in diameter across the base of the tree and no deeper than three inches on the surface. Avoid mounding the mulch around the trunk because this will attract pests and can actually damage the trunk of the tree.

5. Proper Watering

It can be tempting to overwater your trees during hot and dry months, but this can be just as harmful as under-watering them. Water your trees regularly so the water can reach beyond the surface. If your trees have been planted within the last three years, you will want to be sure to keep them watered in order to encourage deep root growth. This will improve stability and allow the roots to stay deep beneath the surface. This stability can be beneficial, increasing resilience when storms are windy, in dry spells when it’s hot, or when erosion threatens.

Watering deeply and consistently can be achieved by using a trickle irrigation system. It can be as simple as using a refillable five-gallon bucket and drilling a few holes at the base of it. It’s important to water away from the base of the tree to reach the root line, which may reach out as far as a tree’s canopy.

Ensuring that your trees’ roots are watered during the cooler hours of both the morning and evening provides enough time for water to penetrate through mulch and soil to get to the roots, encouraging healthy root growth.

With a team of trained arborists at Vernon Imel, we can help year-round with all your tree care needs or specific seasonal care advice. Contact us to speak with a representative about how we can help.