When the hot summer days hit in your region, nothing is left untouched by the sun who melts down everything with its heat (not though) and even the mightiest plants or trees bid us goodbye for the season, but others succumb to the permanent death with the increased temperature.
Although coastal cities have very little to be worried about with summer-related trees, the inland regions have to face high temperatures for nearly five to six months before the monsoon hits in.
Although, this is an underestimated fact that trees do get hurt with the heat but the reality is when a human being can run to shelter, or dip in the pool or sit in front of AC when faced with heart problems, you ought to think about the outdoor environment conditions where the trees are standing tall and facing the direct heat and pollution.
It’s time to take care of them from the two main factors which trouble them the most and that is a shortage of water supply and a restricted root growth system. Although there are so many types of trees around there which we can see but few of them get more vulnerable to the summer heat.
- Freshly transplanted trees into the ground or the pot usually starts up with a smaller and less complicated root system and often restricted to the area they have been placed in and that is why they take their time initially to set up as per the new environment and hence shows no sign of growth. This is the time a heat stroke can take them away.
- Trees planted in a pot have the major drawback of not spreading their roots widely out of the restricted zones they are in which is a pot and technically stuck at a place. These potted plants or small trees demand extra attention and maintenance during the heat waves of the summer season. Few need constant watering daily and sometimes multiple times a day to keep them away from the extreme heat.
- Damaged or diseased trees that are infested by pests are under the constant stress of fighting against them. Extreme heat will just contribute more to increasing stress. That is why it is always advisable that one should get their trees or plants inspected to make them infestation free before the scorching heat shoots up. If you notice any symptoms of diseases or pests immediately reach out to the help of tree services Sydney who can help you make your trees healthy again.
Now the main question arises: what are those steps we can take initially at home to keep our dear plants and trees healthy during the summers?
1.Best Season to Plant
If you are all planning to plant new trees in your garden or lawn, make sure you are avoiding the summer season at all costs. The best time to plant it and give time for its roots to settle down is in the fall and the spring season.
Thus, making your surroundings look more beautiful and let them adjust slowly with the variation in the temperature. The roots also tend to like the initial moist space during this period and promote its expansion since the roots love nutrients and water for an easier growing period throughout.
Water is the lifeline for any tree and especially in the high-temperature season. Make sure the supply of water you are giving is ample for them and the best time for it is preferred to be in the morning when the temperature is down and it won’t evaporate quickly, giving ample time to the roots for the absorption of the water.
To decide whether the amount of water you are giving is either too little or too much or simply correct you can take the help of a very popular way amongst the arborists where they start by providing a gallon of water to every inch in trunk diameter in the tree’s canopy area.
By doing a simple calculation you can decide how much inch diameter the tree needs how much of the water. Make sure you are preferring hoses or sprinklers which have a slow dispatch speed of the water to adequately water the tree.
3.Teenage Plants or Tress
Trees that have been planted recently need the watering to be done every day in the initial fourteen days. Then slightly changing the pattern to twice a week for the next two to three months.
You need to continue following this until your planted tree has faced at least three seasons after which the tree becomes mature enough to spread its roots exceptionally where they can direct themselves towards the best water and nutrient sources.
So, you have to keep watering them in this manner which can be skipped unintentionally since the roots are clustered around and they can thrive during the non-watering days.