Finally! We’re getting some great weather around the Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest and I hope you are out there enjoying it. With this in mind, you might not be thinking about fall or winter just yet, but by putting into practice a little bit of planning now, your trees will think you later on this year. If you’re looking to do a little bit of gardening and create healthier trees in your backyard or just anywhere on your property, use this checklist to keep your trees happy year-round.

Summer Checklist Your Trees Will Love

#1. Time for a little trimming.

We don’t often think of summer is the best time to trim the tree; we shoot for more fall or spring. But, it might be a good idea to slim down some of your trees. If you see any weak or dead limbs that just drain your trees energy, it’s time to remove them. Not only can they drain the energy of the tree but they can be a real danger as well. Make sure your trees and shrubs are properly pruned. A well-pruned tree is also more resistant to pests and diseases. If pruned by an expert, it will offer greater air circulation, better light penetration, and a healthier tree altogether.

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#2. Consider the diet.

Fallen leaves, dead or dying branches, and other organic materials create a vibrant system of nutrients that supported trees growth. But in most residential settings, we remove these nutrients to make our properties look better. So because of this, we need to put back those lost nutrients with a good fertilizer. It’s a good idea to test the soil around the trees so that you have the right type of the nitrogen or phosphorus, depending on what the tree needs.

#3. Stay grounded.

Fall is on its way and with it comes rain and wind. Trees need good route structure to keep the well grounded in all types of weather. Make sure your trees set firmly in the ground with a nice layer of mulch around the base of the tree. Mulch can hold moisture during any droughts and insulates from sudden floods and encourages the right type of root growth.

Summer Checklist Your Trees Will Love

#4. Create a space the entire family loves.

Vibrant trees are more than just pretty for your property, they create beautiful spots for kids, families, and pets to enjoy. They boost your homes curb appeal and add to its value. You might consider planting more trees and if you do so during the summer, remember that you’ll have to water it a little extra to get the roots attached and growing on their own. It looks like there is no rain in our forecast for the next few weeks, so if you’re planning on planting new trees, keep them watered about every other day.

If it’s time to check your trees a structure and integrity give us a call. If you have dead or dying limbs that need to be removed or a leaning tree that might be haphazard to your property, give us a call for an estimate. We’d be happy to come out and take a look at the issues and offer professional advice on taking care of your trees and your property.