Preparing and Planning your Tree Service in Waukesha this Summer

This summer is starting slow, but is set to be hotter than usual. This means paying extra care to your landscaping, plants, and trees is critical.

tree pruning waukeshaAs you know Waukesha and the entire Milwaukee area in summer can have some amazing days, but with the heat hitting hard late June and not letting up until mid-August having a staked out plan to ensure your plants have a healthy and safe summer is critical.

Here we will break down your tree care into three basic components and discuss best practices for all three: watering, fertilizing, and pruning.

1. Watering

  • In Southeast Wisconsin trees need to be watered from May through October.
  • Brown grass and dry soil are two indicators of thirsty trees, which require up to 10 gallons of water twice weekly.
  • As a best practice look to water your trees early in the morning or evening to reduce the amount of evaporation. If watering in the evening ensure there are no standing puddles left overnight that could become homes to mosquitos.
  • These are general guidelines. There are many variables – soil type, planting location, tree species &  season planted – that will influence watering needs.  Check the soil near the root ball to determine when to water; for freshly planed trees the root ball should not dry out during the summer.

2. Fertilizing

  • Trees, like all plants, require essential nutrients to be drawn from soil to ensure a long and healthy life. Depending on your soil those nutrients may need to be added through the use of fertilizer.
  • First, test your soil to ensure you a) need to fertilize and b) what nutrients are missing from the soil. You can contact local colleges, purchase kits online, or hire fertilizing waukeshaand arborist to test for you. Which ever route you take, this is an essential first step before fertilizing.
  • Once you’ve determined you need to fertilize the next decision is what type of fertilizer to use. This will partially be determined by your results from the soil test, but also if you are looking for organic or inorganic fertilizers.
  • How to Apply Fertilizer? There are several different ways you can apply your fertilizer, but most that you purchase will have details and recommendations on the packaging. The most common way to fertilize are: Soil Injection, Drill Hole, Fertilizer Spikes, Direct Application, Foliar, and Mulching. Each of these ways comes with their own advantages and disadvantages, but will mainly be determined on the type of fertilizer you purchase.

3. Pruning

  • Pruning Trees in the Summer is critical to promoting healthy growth, but you have to ensure you are focused on removing just dead/dying branches, and not over pruning at this time. Leave the heavier reshaping until the fall.
  • Benefits of proper pruning include:
    • More Scenic Landscape
    • More light to lawn, plants, or shrubs beneath your trees
    • Less debris that needs to be cleaned from your lawn each week
    • Promotes healthy growth into fall
    • Disease Prevention
  • Only remove up to 15% of the tree during the Summer
  • Always make good clean cuts where the tree can heal quickly (typically against the trunk or larger branches).

Focusing on these core areas this summer you will ensure your trees see healthy growth into fall and return next year as healthy as ever! For any questions about tree service in Waukesha please reach out to us at one of our convenient numbers listed to the left of this post!

Have a safe and happy summer!

- Forester Tree Service