Before the fall temperatures move in, it is essential to prep and prepare your shrubs for the end of summer. While warm seasons can bring a lot of health for shrubs and trees, the heat of the summer months can require extra attention for most plants. From summer storms, pests, and potential diseases, your shrubs and trees can require more extensive care and prep for the end of summer care and the seasonal transitions.
Throughout history, droughts have destroyed many plants ahead of the fall transformation and plants going dormant or dying for the changing season. Shrub and tree care are crucial when ensuring they survive the harsh heat and potential droughts associated with the hot summer months. Spring Green is here to provide you with our end-of-summer care checklist to help you navigate your end-of-summer care for all of your plants and shrubs. Let’s explore an easy and simple 4 step checklist to prepare your plants and shrubs for the end of summer.
Prune and protect your shrubs and trees
Pruning your trees, shrubs, and plants is an essential part of their care. Doing this step will keep your plants, shrubs, and trees healthy and flourishing throughout the summer months. Here are a few tips to keep your shrubs and trees pruned with ease:
- Trim trees and shrubs of dead or broken limbs and branches, especially if there has been damage from summer storms.
- Ensure you prune your flowering plants from dead blooms and leaves to promote regrowth.
- Keep an eye on your shrubs and trees trimmed in the event of damage from the summer heat, pests, and plant diseases.
Taking the time to remove dead or dying plants plus pruning and trimming your still-living plants for the end of summer care can help promote regrowth. Ideally, both annuals and perennials will still have some growth for the end of the summer season until at least the first frost of the Fall/Winter season moves in for the year.
Proper irrigation without compromising water conservation In the heat of the summer, water is your best friend and especially so for all of your plants. Irrigation is a big key to tree, shrub, and even overall plant and lawn survival during the dry summer air. Different shrubs and trees will have extra watering and irrigation needs based on their age, plant species, planted location, and soil types. For example, more established plants may only require infrequent watering practices than newer and younger plants, requiring more irrigation. During the summer heat, you may also need to increase your direct watering or manufactured irrigation practices as rainfall may be minimal.
It is important to remember that your irrigation efforts will differ depending on the conservation requirements of your area. In more desert-like parts of the United States, your irrigation efforts may be limited on both rainfall opportunities and water conservation limitations in using manufactured irrigation systems. In other areas, you may have freer conservation when rainfall is much more limited. The key to proper irrigation is to utilize the water resources effectively without compromising any water conservation requirements.
Aim to effectively protect the roots of your shrubs and trees. Protecting your trees and shrubs is not only an external job but also an internal task. Trees and shrubs that have strong roots tend to survive even the harshest heat indexes. How you aim to feed and protect the roots of your shrubs and trees does matter. In the heat of the summer, you may still want to fertilize, but most experts recommend scaling back on fertilization activities in heatwaves. Fertilization efforts can ward off plant diseases, but over-fertilization can create more significant problems for your plants. The reason for this is because the goal of fertilization for your trees and shrubs is to add more nutrients to them, but in heatwaves and drier summer air, this can not yield many results for your plants.
As you limit your fertilization efforts, there are other ways you can protect the roots of your trees and shrubs from the dry summer heat. Mulching is one way that you can protect your bases from the excess sunlight and drier summer air. Mulching is a highly effective and easy way to protect the roots of your new and established plants. One method to effectively mulch your trees, shrubs, and plants is to lay down at least a 3-inch thick layer of wood mulch on the ground underneath your trees and shrubs. Ensure you expand out the mulch to extend around the length of any branches on your shrubs or trees. Mulch holds a multi-purpose use for any garden, but ideally, it is used to help the soil retain water and regulate ground temperature. Another bonus of mulching is that it protects your tree and shrubs because it can hide debris from your plants.
The end of the summer does not have to be the end of the growth of your trees and shrubs for the season. If you take these three main steps to take care of your trees and shrubs as the end of summer continues, you will ensure your trees and shrubs can withstand the dry end of summer heat. Since 1977, Spring-Green has been around to help you with all of your end-of-summer and year-round lawn care necessities.