By Jaymi Curley ¦Technical Writer

Many homeowners love looking at trees in the spring for their blooming flowers and budding green leaves as well as in the fall for their various red, orange, and brown hues. In the summer, though, trees still need some attention. Basic maintenance and preventive services will keep your trees healthy and beautiful through the long, hot days and unexpected summer storms. Especially in younger trees, it’s important to provide proper care before they show signs of stress, such as wilting or yellowing leaves. Read on to discover the most important things to keep in mind as we enter the summer:

1. Get an Evaluation

Summer is a great time to hire a professional tree service to evaluate the overall health of your property’s trees. A certified arborist or degreed forester can suggest treatments and procedures to correct any problems as well as advise you on how to water and care for your trees to ensure they remain healthy and strong.

2. Consider Cabling

Summer storms can spell disaster for vintage trees and the property they shade. An arborist can examine trees on the property that are close to dwellings or vehicles and determine how to ensure that a wild windstorm or days of rain won’t lead to major damage. A tree professional may suggest remedies from simply removing dead limbs to cabling weak limbs up to removing any trees that might pose a hazard.

3. A Little Off the Sides

Summer pruning is crucial to tree health. Properly shaped and trimmed branches not only encourage strong growth leading into fall but also allow more sunlight to reach low shrubs and grassy areas around the landscape, improving both the health and curb appeal of the whole yard. In addition, those homeowners with pools will have an added bonus of less debris to clean up from the water and around the deck, as well as sun-warmed water to luxuriate in during a late-day swim. Be sure that your chosen tree service does not engage in the process of topping, an undesirable method of crown thinning involving cutting tree branches back to stubs that are unable to sustain future growth patterns. Topping, also known as heading, creates many more problems for the tree than it solves, including inviting potential insect and fungal damage in the long term.

Well-maintained trees not only provide gorgeous views outside your windows but also help raise the overall value of the home and surrounding property. A June consultation with a professional tree service employing a certified arborist can be the start of a summer love affair with your home’s great outdoors.

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Sources:; International Society of Arboriculture; Tree Care Industry Association; United States Department of Agriculture.

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