Mountain West Arbor Care is back in Idaho Falls providing our customers tree maintenance services. With the weather already heating up we wanted to provide our friends in Idaho Falls with some helpful summer tree maintenance tips. These suggestions can go a long way toward ensuring your trees remain healthy throughout the summer months.
Pruning and Deadwood Removal
With spring coming to a close you should have already pruned your trees. The best time to prune your trees is in the early spring and late fall months after your trees have completed shedding their leaves. Pruning during the early and later parts of the year lessons the impacts that pruning can have on your trees (less risk of insect infestation and decay) and aids in the trees healing process.
If you haven’t pruned your trees, definitely wait until after your trees have shed their leaves and strive to set up a seasonal schedule. You’ll be fortifying your trees for the summer months ahead.
While deadwood removal can take place at just about any time during the year it is also beneficial to take care as early as possible in the season. This way you can get your trees off to a good start as they begin to fill out and bloom.
Tree Maintenance Must: Watering
Keeping your trees watered during the summer months is our top tree maintenance recommendation. We recommend deep-watering your trees at least once a week preferably in the earlier, cooler, parts of the day.
Watering should be thorough, deep, and slow. You want to ensure the soil is moist, but not soggy. To get a good idea of your soil moisture you can insert a garden trowel two inches into the soil and test with your finger. If the soil is moist, you’re good to go.
One tree maintenance consideration for watering your trees is to invest in a drip system or soaker hose. This will ensure your watering is slow and deep.
Adding a layer of mulch around the base of your tree goes a long way toward maintaining soil moisture and reducing water loss. The added benefit: you’ll give your trees extra nutrients. Ensure your mulch layer remains at least 4-6 inches away from the trunk.
The Take Away
Mountain West Arbor Care is providing our friends in Idaho Falls with seasonal tree maintenance care and services. With summer approaching and the weather already heating up we’re suggesting our customers plan ahead for their trees maintenance and care. Of utmost importance during the warmer months is the regular watering of your trees.
Deep water your trees at least once a month during the warmer months, and consider adding a layer of mulch around your tree base. This will aid in retaining soil moisture with the added benefit of supplying your tree with vital nutrients.