During the heat of the Tucson summer, trees can provide your yard with much-needed shade, helping to keep your entire property cooler and giving you a comfortable place to spend time outside. However, you do need to ensure that you give your trees appropriate seasonal care. Consult your landscaping company and consider these tips for summertime tree care.
Do Schedule Pruning Services
While you might have heard that winter is the only time that you should prune trees, pruning in the summer can also be important. Have your trees inspected by an arborist, who can remove dead branches that may pose a fire hazard. The arborist will also be able to look for signs of pests and disease, and ensure that the tree’s foliage has a balanced appearance.
Don’t Plant New Trees
Summers in Tucson can be intense, which means it’s not the best time for planting new trees. After all, the heat and aridity make it difficult for young trees to become established. If you’d like to add new trees to your landscaping, you should do so in the spring or fall, when the conditions are milder. Of course, this means that summer is a great time to consult your landscaping company about which trees will do well on your property and make a plan for planting them in autumn.
Do Give Your Trees Plenty of Water
Staying hydrated means drinking plenty of water in the summer, and that goes for your trees as well as yourself! Trees that are adapted to desert climates will generally be able to withstand the heat of summer without extra water. However, if the monsoon storms arrive late or do not provide the expected precipitation one summer, you may want to give all of your trees, including native species, a few heavy soakings. Be sure to water along the edges of a tree’s canopy, where the tips of its roots typically extend, rather than right at the base of the trunk.
Are you looking for expert tree care advice? Look no further than Complete Landscaping. Our certified arborists have the knowledge and experience to properly care for trees, no matter the season. To schedule tree services or to set up a landscape design consultation in Tucson, call us at (520) 323-8918.