After a cold winter season, your trees are just as ready for warm sunshine as you are. With the summer fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about tree care. In the hot sun, they require much more than just water. Here are a few tips to making sure that your trees will thrive and provide the shade that you need during the warm months:

1.       Use mulch. While applying mulch is important, not just any mulch will do. Use wood chip, bark, or other organic mulches to help conserve soil moisture. This also helps regulate the soil temperature. As a rule of thumb, mulch should be spread 2 to 4 inches deep and should be kept away from the trunk of the tree. This helps reduce weeds and can deliver nutrients to the soil around your tree.

2.       Don’t use stone or gravel. These heavy, inorganic choices tend to reflect the sun and retain heat. This can cause damage to the root of the tree or cause it stress.

3.       Pay attention to trees that might be located closer to pavement or sidewalks. They may hold more heat than others. This means that they may require more care and water in order to remain cool.

4.       Water your trees in large amounts. You might be tempted to water your trees often and in small amounts. This could create shallow roots in your tree and make it difficult for it remain healthy. In order for your tree to thrive, water it deeply. This means that the ground needs to be fully saturated and soak in instead of running off.

5.       Water your trees later in the evening, at night, or early in the morning. Trees that are watered during the day lose quite a bit of the moisture due to evaporation.

6.       If you are dealing with a drought, avoid all fertilizers. While fertilizer can help when you are able to water frequently, it can cause the roots to dry out if applied during a hot, dry season.

7.       When it comes to watering restrictions, give trees a priority. While you might think that your lawn looks better with more water, it takes longer to grow a healthy tree than it does healthy grass.

8.       Be sure to examine your trees at the beginning of spring. Trim away any dead limbs or any damage that could have occurred due to storms. If you need to, brace and cable any weak limbs to prevent them from being lost.

9.       Check your labels. Before applying pesticides or herbicides, make sure that they are compatible with your trees. Otherwise, they could end up damaging or hurting your trees. In many cases, these chemicals can seep into the soil and dry out the roots.

10.   Monitor your trees regularly for insects and diseases. The earlier these things are caught, the better your chances are of saving them.

When it comes to caring for your trees in Athens, there is a lot to know. If you are unsure of how to care for your flora, it might be best to hire a tree care service. Professionals can ensure that your trees are well looked after even during the humid heat of summer.