• The weather in a midwest summer storm can get pretty intense. This can even involve winds that go up to 100 mph, which can cause a ton of issues with your trees. Besides summer storms, there are other things that can damage the health of your trees this summer. Make sure that even though it is hot and humid, you still are taking care of your trees. Here are some tips for making sure that your Collinsville, IL trees are in their best condition.

    Summer Tree Care

     

    Pruning in Summer

    The summer season is the perfect time to begin pruning your trees. This is because due to harsh storms, many branches can become damaged. However, make sure you are cautious on what to prune because the limbs are meant to keep your trees cool., so make sure that you are only pruning dead and damaged limbs. If you remove too many limbs, then your tree can become exposed to the intense summer sun and even develop a condition known as sun scalding. This is why we recommend leaving the pruning and trimming to the professionals

    Mulch Helps Retain Moisture

    Mulch is something that not only looks good for landscaping but also helps naturally retain moisture for your trees. This is a great way to ensure that new or transplanted trees are able to adjust to the temperature differences and to keep staying moist. Another benefit of using mulch is that it keeps weeds away, limits the damage of lawn tools, as well as prevents soil compaction. When placing mulch around your tree it is vital that it is not touching the trunk of the tree as this can cause issues such as insect infestation to occur due to built-up moisture.

    Water Your Trees

    It is common to plant new trees in either the fall or spring, you can plant them in the summer too. A way to do this is to make sure that you are watering your trees daily. The new trees need a ton of energy to create roots, and the summertime can be rough with its heat.  However, it is also advised to make sure that you are not overwatering because this can cause issues. We recommend watering with a steady stream for approximately 30 seconds.

    Summer Tree Care

    Prevent Future Storm Damage

    Summer storms are a common occurrence in the Collinsville, IL area.  To prevent any major damage to your trees, we recommend coming to your local arborist to assess the health of your trees. In some cases, a safety brace or cable is needed to make sure that your tree is strong enough to handle the power of the storm. If storms do end up knocking down your tree limbs or you have other tree needs, contact us at Merritt’s Tree Service today!