Summer Tree Care Tips for Pittsburgh
While you may love the warmer months in Pittsburgh, the temperatures can be hard on your trees. Understanding the needs of your trees is a challenge year-round, but especially in the summer. Here are some suggestions for keeping your trees healthy during the hottest season of the year.
1. Water trees slowly.
Sunny days make watering your trees a little tricky. If it's too hot, water can evaporate before it reaches the thirsty roots. Ensure your trees get the moisture they need by watering them slowly--and the roots will soak it up. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so water for a shorter period on a daily basis.
2. Spread mulch evenly.
Mulching is an important part of maintaining the health of your trees. In addition to reducing weeds, mulching improves the soil structure and provides nutrients. It also helps retain moisture and reduces surface evaporation. The ideal depth is 2-inches to 4-inches. But don't spread mulch up against the trunk, or the moisture will build up and rot the tree.
3. Don’t forget to fertilize.
Healthy trees resist insect damage and diseases. Fertilizer can give trees the macronutrients they need to thrive, such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sulfur. Because it can be difficult to determine the right fertilizer ratio, we recommend contacting the professionals here at Custom Turf to help!
4. Prune trees regularly.
Summer weather in Pittsburgh is unpredictable. It's not uncommon for late afternoons to bring heavy winds and rain. If the branches of your trees are weak, it won't take much wind for them to blow off. Lightning strikes can also be a problem. Protect your trees by removing dead branches and thinning out top branches on a regular basis. Then, brace or cable weaker branches to keep them safe from storms.
5. Let the professionals help.
Don't let your lack of specialized tree knowledge stop you from providing your trees with proper care. If you neglect your trees, they can ruin the look of your landscape. An expert who understands the particular needs of trees in Western Pennsylvania can help you determine the best plan of action. After all, healthy trees increase the value of your property and liven up your landscape.
At Custom Turf, we have the knowledge and experience necessary to provide superior tree and shrub care to our Pittsburgh-area customers. Our 6-step treatment program ensures your shrubbery gets the nutrients, disease prevention, and insect control to flourish throughout the year. Put your trees in the hands of our experts for the highest quality products and safest treatment methods. We'll get you superior root growth for trees and shrubs you can take pride in year-round!