Believe it or not, hardscaping materials around trees tends to intensify the heat around them and as such, your choice of landscaping materials should be carefully considered. For example, try to stay away from hardscaping materials like granite, glass and even block walls. These things all absorb heat and reflect the sun in the summer. Too much heat can cause undue stress on otherwise healthy trees.
Watering your trees is vital
Watering your trees in the summer is a must, but you do need to be a bit more careful watering in this season than in others. With younger trees – you’re encountering a plant that is trying to establish a root system, so deep watering is essential for healthy growth and preventing adverse effects from droughts.
With older trees, it’s more important to not over water – as you can cause soggy soil. Soggy soil can prevent oxygen from getting into the ground and can harm your trees. Also – be careful of what time of day you water your trees. Don’t do it in the morning when the reflective tendencies of water can cause burning and excessive heat. Try to water later on in the day so that the water absorbs overnight, away from the daylight hours where the sun can potentially burn both the tree and the
Mulch is your friend
Mulch is a great way to both retain moisture in and around your tree and maintain more consistent temperatures. Temperatures – hot and cold can both harm trees – but it’s the drastic swings in temperature that can be the most harmful. Mulch will help prevent those extreme changes, but will also help minimize damage from mowers and trimmers as well as prevents weeds from forming.
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