5 Tree and Shrub Care Tips to Help Your Landscapes Thrive this Summer

At 4-EverGreen Lawn Care, we know that proper tree and shrub care should happen all year long. However, we also understand that the Tennessee summer can be a tricky time for your ornamental landscapes. Don’t let Mother Nature get the best of your yard’s large plantings — follow these five tips to ensure the health of your trees and shrubs this season. 

Protect Against Pests

While spring often brings the most destructive pests, there is still a wide range of voracious species determined to stick around through summer. Consult with a pest control specialist as early in the season as possible. An experienced team of pest technicians will be familiar with the types of pests common in your area, and they’ll know the best methods for avoiding an infestation as well as how to treat the problem if pests have already taken up residence in your yard. 

Use Caution with Herbicides and Pesticides

While some herbicides and pesticides are safe for tree and shrub care, there are some that will cause harm if absorbed through the roots. For example, the same herbicide that kills dandelions can also kill trees if not applied properly. You can still use the herbicide, but maintain a specific distance when applying from the base of the tree, and always read the bottle carefully. The same rule of thumb applies to pesticides. A professional will know which sprays are safe for your trees; however, if you plan to apply pesticides yourself, always read the label. 

Keep Your Plants Hydrated

This may seem obvious, but a lack of water is one of the most common causes of unhealthy trees and shrubs in the summer months. Many Tennessee home and business owners assume that it’s not necessary to water their landscapes. Not true. While watering may be unnecessary in some months, the high temperatures and drought stresses of summer mean your trees and shrubs could use a little extra H2O. Create a watering schedule using a sprinkler or drip irrigation system to make the process as easy as possible. 

Address the Soil Situation

When it comes to sickly trees and shrubs, sometimes the soil is the root of the problem. If the soil is lacking nutrients or has some form of imbalance in acidity or compaction, your plants will tell you. Keep your trees and shrubs well fertilized in the summer (as you would any other time of the year) to keep the soil profile balanced and ready to promote strong, healthy growth. 

Prune, Primp, and Protect 

It’s always important to keep your trees and shrubs trimmed, but summer is the perfect time to show them a little extra TLC. Regularly assess the tree for any dead or diseased branches that could infect the rest of the trees and remove them immediately, as disease spreads quickly. For the safety of your family, your home, furniture, and surrounding plants, you’ll also want to remove dead or overgrown branches or secure them. Severe weather can cause dead branches to blow off the plant and cause significant property damage.

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