As harsh as winter in Ottawa can be, summer also comes with its own challenges.

Trees are exposed to dry weather, summer storms, diseases and pests during these months.

Having a proper maintenance and care routine for your tree can positively impact its overall health. Allowing it to have a healthy growing season this summer.

Caring for Your Tree in the Summer 

Now it’s time to think about how you can give your tree, or trees, their best growing season with a summer tree maintenance checklist.

tree with signs of disease

Inspect Your Trees

The first thing you’ll want to do is inspect your tree for any signs of disease or infestations. Once your trees have had a chance to bloom, it can be easier to spot some signs.

Most tree diseases or infestations can be spotted by inspecting the leaves. You might notice some spots, holes, or discoloration, which could be all be signs of disease or pest infestations.

You should consult an arborist if you notice any of these signs to be sure that the necessary action to control the damage is taken.

Our arborists at Croft Tree Experts are highly skilled and will be able to determine the best next steps after a thorough inspection.

A Light Trimming

The next thing you’ll want to do is make sure you check your tree for dead or broken branches that might pose a threat to the rest of the tree or your property.

A light trimming is exactly what your tree will need to promote healthier growth and protect against any further damage that might be caused during a storm.

Leaving dead or broken branches on your tree throughout the summer could result in them falling and causing damage to healthy parts of your tree.

Stabilize Your Soil with Mulch

tree with mulch around the base

Introducing mulch into your tree maintenance routine is your next step. Mulching around trees can have many benefits.

Spreading mulch around the base of your tree can help protect the roots from heat, keep the soil moist and reduce the growth of weeds.

As we all know, weeds are intrusive. They can take away crucial nutrients and water from your trees and other plants in the garden.

Mulching works by mimicking the natural environment found in forests in Ottawa, where the branches and leaves blanket the ground and provide nourishment for the tree as they decompose.

Fertilization for Improved Growth

This final step is one that is often forgotten, yet still an important part of tree maintenance in the summer.

Whether you have a younger tree or an older one, they can both still benefit from fertilization.

A younger tree can benefit from regular fertilization because its roots are still developing. It can promote faster and healthier growth through regular applications of fertilizer.

Older trees can still benefit from fertilization because it can promote new growth and keep the roots healthy and protected from diseases and pest infestations.

Continue To Monitor Your Tree

Finally, you’ll want to continue to monitor your tree throughout the summer to ensure your trees are staying healthy.

arborist trimming a tree to prepare for summer

If you notice anything that doesn’t seem right, reach out to an arborist from Croft Tree Experts in Ottawa!

Our team will be able to determine what the problem may be and help you adjust your maintenance routine if necessary.

Summer Tree Care Experts in Ottawa

Setting up your trees for success this summer can be easy with the help of Ottawa’s arborists at Croft Tree Experts.

If you’re unsure about how to start your tree care maintenance this summer, our highly skilled crews are here to help you with all your summer tree maintenance needs.

Contact us today if you’re interested in a free quote for our tree care and maintenance services!