This summer, make it your priority to protect your landscaping trees. After all, they are highly valuable and beneficial assets to your property. Trees do not just enhance curb appeal, they also provide abundant privacy and shade, and act as natural noise barriers and snow fences. All of these advantages can save you money by reducing your home’s energy consumption, make you money by increasing property value, encourage better indoor comfort, and provide a much nicer quality of life.
The importance of your landscaping trees is apparent in these benefits, which is more reason to take good care of them through every changing season. We know winter can have harsh effects on trees, but what many do not realize is that summer presents its own list of threats.
The three most common threats to your trees this summer are pests, moisture, and lawn chemicals. All of these threats can severely damage your trees. Fortunately, they can all be avoided with the proper knowledge and initiative. Continue reading to learn more about these 3 tree risks, and what you can do about them.
❶ Pests and Wildlife
The summer season is the time for all the insects and animals to come out of hiding and do what they do best. Although nature’s wildlife are cute and interesting, they can also be highly destructive to trees. Nuisance wild animals like voles and rabbits are known to harm trees with ring barking and tree girdling. Other animals like to use tree bark as a scratching post. Insects like the Emerald Ash Borer are highly invasive and can kill a tree within one season. Other pests include insect aphids, larvae, termites, tree beetles, wood peckers, moths, budworms, webworms, weevils, caterpillars, and various wood boring insects.
❷ Moisture and Water
Poor water drainage and excessive moisture can cause trees to suffer in terms of health. Although trees require water to thrive, too much water (or moisture) can be harmful. If too much water accumulates at the base of a tree, roots can suffocate and cause a tree to die. It is important to inspect the areas of your property to ensure your yard has proper drainage to avoid flooding your trees. Talk to a Fishers Tree Service professional for tree watering and drainage advice you can trust.
❸ Weed Killers and Herbicides
Another common threat to trees in the summer are weed killers and herbicides. In fact, it is strongly encouraged to avoid using them this time of year. Such products are usually formulated using a wide range of harsh chemicals and toxic ingredients that are dangerous to both plant life and trees. One of the most common indications that suggest weed killers have damaged your trees are unusually twisted and discolored leaves. If you have no other choice but to use weed killers and herbicides, be sure to apply them far away from trees, shrubs, bushes, and other types of flora you care about. Also, do not use the same spray pump that you use to administer insecticides and fungicides since there could be residual chemicals.
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