Spring and summer are the times most homeowner give their yards and trees the most attention, and understandably so as these are the times of year we get to enjoy our yards the most. While spending time in our yards we notice the trees that need care whether it be more water, pruning or a tree that is declining in health. Following are a few of our Boulder summer tree care recommendations.
– General pruning but not fruit trees or American elm due to concerns of fire blight and Dutch elm disease
– Tree removal
– Deep-root watering for landscapes without adequate irrigation
– Tree risk assessment and other tree-related consulting services
Summer Tree Pruning
Mid to Late Summer is an ideal time to prune trees to control growth and shape a tree because there will be limited growth reaction after pruning. This makes it a good time to clear structures and utilities. For the same reason pruning done during this time of year will have a more long term affect on the shape of the tree, allowing you more control of the tree’s appearance.
Summer Tree Removal
Summer can be a good time to remove dead, dying or unwanted trees. This is the time of year when homeowners notice that they have dead or declining trees, and they want to move forward with making their landscape healthier and safer. Weather is generally good, and scheduling is more certain.
Summer Deep Root Watering
Trees that do not get water from an irrigation system may need supplemental watering in Summer months. If trees are showing signs of drought stress (wilting leaves, tip die back), and the soil is hard and dry, the most effective way to get water to the roots quickly is by deep root watering. However, this is only a temporary fix. Such trees will need regular watering and possibly other care to restore normal health in the long term.
Summer Tree Risk Assessment
Tree risk assessment is a systematic process to identify, analyze and evaluate tree risk. Dave Walker, owner of Walker Tree Care earned the Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) in 2015 after two days of intensive training and a 1/2-day exam. Tree risk assessment is used to evaluate the likelihood of tree failure under normal conditions, and the likely consequences of such a failure. Homeowners, property managers and urban foresters can benefit from tree risk assessment if they are concerned that a tree has potential to damage property of any sort (structures, cars, other trees), or cause personal injury. Give us a call if you have a tree that you are concerned about. We can help you determine the risk and provide mitigation options.