As the UK goes through a powerful heatwave, it’s important to think about our gardens and plants. Sure, the browning lawn gets all the attention, but what about the trees?
They can suffer just as much in the heat, and provide a lot of different elements to a garden, from privacy to aesthetics. Here’s how to care for your trees during a heatwave.
Danger of Heat to Trees
It’s logical to think that plenty of sun is only ever going to be good for plants that depend on photosynthesis for sustenance, but too much sun and heat can be a real danger to trees. Trees can seem incredibly strong and solid, but even they can suffer during an intense heatwave, and it’s up to you to keep them as healthy as possible.
Essentially, trees need the right balance of water, temperature, and sun, and when that’s skewed too far in one direction, it causes major problems. From shedding leaves to falling branches to trees dying, there’s plenty of problems that dry, hot weather causes. Don’t worry though, there’s also a few, effective things that you can do to keep your trees healthy and strong through the heat.
When it comes to warning signs, trees give off plenty of signs themselves, from falling or browning leaves, to brittle branches, which are straightforward to keep an eye on. Another area you need to pay attention to is the soil around the base of the tree.
If the soil has become dry and sandy, that’s likely to be causing the tree some problems, as it struggles to get the moisture it needs to properly nourish itself.
Keep Them Healthy
You might be surprised at how effective a few of these ideas can be. Sure, you’re not going to bring a near-dead tree back from the brink, but for trees that are showing signs of being affected by the heatwave, these tips can do them a lot of good.
Watering is always going to be number one in a heatwave for all plants. Just getting the hose out and making sure the moisture around the base of the tree is nice and moist will help the tree deal with the heat.
Another tip for keeping the soil damp is putting down some mulch around the tree. This will insulate the soil, keeping moisture in and providing more nourishment for the tree.
Get those few things done, and you’ll be surprised at how beneficial they are to the tree. You have them looking right in no time, making sure you’ve still got plenty of shade in the sun.
If your trees are a little overgrown, blocking light or simply in need of shaping, get in touch with your qualified local tree surgeons and get your garden looking exactly the way you want it too.
A trained and experienced tree surgeon will be able to trim and shape your tree getting it looking healthy and exactly how you want it to, which can really enhance the look and feel of your garden.