If you have lived in Utah for long, you know how hot and dry the summer can often be. That heat and lack of moisture can be tough on trees, even well-established trees. At Tree Co. we specialize in helping Utah homeowners protect their trees in all seasons – including summer. If you want to know more about protecting trees in summer, we are your go-to resource.
What to Do – Protecting Trees in Summer
There are a few key things we think are important for protecting trees in summer. These include:
1. Mulch around trees – but not too much!
Years ago, many homeowners were not aware of how much mulch can help trees. Today, most homeowners have heard of the benefits of mulch. The right layer of mulch will help with moisture retention in the soil. It will also provide insulation from the hot Utah sun. Mulch is a must-have when you have trees in your yard.
However, it is important to note that you can overdo the mulch. Too much mulch can lead to insect infestations. Just one thick layer of mulch is usually plenty to provide the benefits of mulch for your trees. Aim for three or four inches of mulch in a diameter of around four feet around the base of the tree.
2. Get the right amount of water to your trees.
You are probably already watering your trees during the Utah summer. But are you watering enough, or too much? The challenge here is that different species of trees have different watering needs. Younger trees need more water, too. So, how do you calculate how much water to use?
The Utah State University Center for Water-Efficient Landscaping gives a good explanation of a tree’s watering needs – but it’s still fairly general. We recommend a consultation from one of our tree experts to determine exactly how much water your trees need – and the best way to get them that water.
3. Make sure to prune your trees properly.
A well-pruned tree is going to be healthier and more efficient than a tree that is not pruned correctly. Pruning removes unnecessary or potentially harmful plant material. That leaves behind only the parts of the tree that you want and need – which helps the tree stay healthy.
A damaged tree will be less likely to survive a Utah summer than a healthy tree.
Let Us Help with Protecting Trees in Summer
You don’t have to figure out how to protect your trees this summer all on your own. Tree Co. is here to help. We know exactly what to do to keep your trees as healthy as possible. Our services include tree trimming, tree pruning, stump removal, and more.
Please give us a call at (801) 386-2405 or complete our online contact form to schedule a free bid. We are standing by to answer your questions and to help you take great care of your trees.