Ruther Glen, Virginia based Steadfast Tree Care recently published a blog post discussing some of the tree care considerations that Bowling Green residents should pay attention to this summer season. More information about the company can be found at the following link: https://steadfasttreecare.tumblr.com.
Phillip Wood, a representative for Steadfast Tree Care, says, “As summer comes in and the weather gets warmer and drier, you may be wondering how you can ensure your trees stay in good health. The good news is that you don’t have to do too much, but you still need to do things the right way as summer tree care mistakes can be costly.”
In the blog post, the company tackles the care of oak trees first. The blog post shares some tips from Sierra News Online: “Do not disturb the ground within six feet of the trunk; the roots within this area are particularly sensitive. Keep all other plants, even in pots, more than six feet from the tree. Oaks have surface root systems that extend out about 30% farther than the tree’s dripline. In this critical root zone (CRZ), don’t add surface fill, adjust the grade or allow surface structures (such as retaining walls) that trap water. A few low-water native California plants are okay in the CRZ, but keep them six feet from the trunk. As it compresses the soil and harms the sensitive surface roots, avoid driving or parking vehicles upon the CRZ.”
Steadfast Tree Care also gives additional advice, saying that watering established oak trees in the summer should generally be avoided as it could encourage the growth of fungi that can harm and even kill the tree.
While watering is not recommended for established oak trees, Steadfast Tree Care shares that most trees actually require watering in the summer. However, it has to be done carefully. The company recommends that trees be watered at a slower rate at their bases, as it will give them a deep soak that is required during hotter temperatures. However, they should not be watered frequently and at shorter intervals. Steadfast Tree Care also mentions that it is better to water them in the morning as it can help avoid water loss due to evaporation and will help the trees deal with the heat of the sun throughout the day.
Wood says, “It’s important to ensure that you are careful about watering your trees in the summer. They need to get just enough water, but if you overdo it, you will do more harm than good. You need to be careful about too much watering in soils that don’t drain well. Equally bad is lawn irrigation, which only waters trees at a shallow depth, denying the tree roots the sufficient water they require.”
The blog post continues that fruit trees may also need some pruning during the summer. However, it adds that people need to be clear about why they are pruning. The post reads, “Late summer (late July and early August) pruning is good to restrict growth as well as remove water sprouts and diseased or damaged wood. During summer, wounds heal faster, and the cuts won't stimulate so much new growth. Don't prune after mid-August because it can cause winter injury.” The goal of pruning is to keep the tree open and at a manageable size to increase air movement, prevent diseases, and ensure all the leaves get enough sunlight. This will lead to the trees producing higher quality fruits. However, too much pruning can lead to the trees prioritizing new growth over fruit production. The full blog post also contains more advice and tips: https://steadfasttree.care/summer-tree-care-bowling-green/.
Wood says, “If you know what you are doing, summer tree care will be well worth the trouble. But if you don’t, you should always reach out to the experts to ensure that you have the best results. Tree professionals will know just how much pruning, watering and other maintenance activities your trees require based on the type of trees you have as well as the climatic conditions in your area. If you live in Bowling Green, we are the best tree experts in the area. Get in touch with us today to ensure that your trees get through the summer in full health.”
Those who want to learn more about Steadfast Tree Care and their services are welcome to visit the company's website. They encourage interested parties to get in touch with Phillip Wood directly via email or phone. The company can also be reached through the contact form on their website. Steadfast Tree Care maintains a presence on Facebook where they frequently post updates, share media, and communicate with their customers. More information about the tree maintenance company can also be found at the following link: https://www.pressadvantage.com/story/36911-steadfast-tree-care-publishes-post-on-things-to-do-after-tree-trimming.
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Steadfast Tree Care provides professional tree services to central Virginia property owners including tree trimming, tree removal, storm cleanup, debris removal, land clearing, stump grinding, and emergency tree services.