Summer Tree Care Checklist: What To Include

Are you looking for a way to make summer tree care as simple as possible? Would you like to enjoy your tree’s shade more without having to fuss over it? Then this guide on simple care and dependable tree service by Clark Tree Experts in Seneca is for you. 

Trim Each Summer Tree Carefully 

Relax; you don’t need a complete pruning routine like you would undertake when the tree is dormant. Instead, we recommend removing high-risk or dead branches. A good rule of thumb is to remove branches that look like they may fall. 

It’s also an excellent time to tidy up or shape your shrubs. Just don’t cut them back, as this could lead to wilt in susceptible trees like oaks and elms. 

Conduct a Thorough Inspection

Look closely at the trunks and limbs to identify any abnormalities. Are there signs of insect infestation? To make sure, look for: 

  • Damaged bark
  • Holes
  • Chewed leaves
  • Dying leaves
  • Leaking sap
  • Sawdust

Also, look for signs that your tree is in distress. These include: 

  • Yellowing
  • Branches dying back
  • Wilting

If you see these, check the nutrient and moisture levels in the soil to see whether they’re optimal or not. 

Soil Care

Good soil management means checking the soil’s moisture level weekly during dry periods. This allows you to set up an effective irrigation system and ensure it’s sufficient for every summer tree. 

If you have a soil testing kit, ensure that the pH levels are optimal and keep track of nutrient levels if possible. Top up nutrition early if possible to prevent problems later on. 

Your summer tree requires the most nutrients during its growing season. Provide the right ingredients to promote strong growth and a verdant tree. 


Compared to its overhead counterpart, a drip-based system is:

  • More effective
  • Less wasteful
  • Less prone to spreading disease  
  • Easier to manage
  • More cost-effective

During the summer, check for leaks, broken heads or lines, and blockages. Your trees need roughly five gallons of water for each inch in diameter. However, this is merely a rough guideline to use in conjunction with checking the soil’s moisture content. 

Also, watch how well the moisture drains away after watering and check the tree’s leaves. There are many reasons the leaves may yellow, but over- or underwatering are two of the most common. You may be: 

  • Overwatering if the topsoil stays moist for an extended period after you’ve irrigated it
  • Underwatering if the topsoil is parched and soaks up the water almost immediately

Prepare for Severe Weather

Scorching summer days combined with torrential downpours take their toll on all of your plants. A summer tree is better equipped than most for riding these out as long as the limbs have the proper support. 

Now’s the time to consider removing branches that may break off or bracing those at risk of weakening. 

Mulching can be a helpful tool in holding moisture in the ground and keeping the tree’s roots cool. 

Would You Like To Make Summer Tree Maintenance Even Easier? 

Hire one of our professional arborists to come and inspect your trees. They’ll cast an expert eye on the branches, leaves, roots, and soil for a nominal fee and recommend the appropriate course of action. 

Consider it an investment in your garden and improving your property value. Removing a dead summer tree is costly, and replacing that verdant canopy takes a long time. Protect your garden tomorrow by contacting Clark Tree Experts today to find out about our tree risk assessment service. We will figure out what’s wrong and recommend the best course of action.

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