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6 Tips for Keeping Your Trees Healthy This Summer

Summer is approaching! While the sunny weather is great for enjoying the outdoors, it can be tough on your trees. Summer storms, hot and humid weather, and bugs can be deadly to your trees. Fortunately, you can take a few easy steps to keep your yard healthy and happy all summer. New watering schedules, pest inspections, and tree trimming can all help your tree endure the season.

Here are six tree care tips to have your trees staying healthy all summer:

Storm damage prevention

Summer is prime time for storms. Sadly, a big storm could mean a falling tree branch coming crashing down on the roof of your home or even through a window. Having a professional evaluate the safety of the tree can help limit avoidable damage by removing weak limbs.

Schedule a pest inspection

Having a pest inspection is another preventative step that can save you a lot of stress and money in the long run. Many pests are primarily active during the summer months and can be detrimental to your trees. Finding any issues early enables you to take the necessary steps to control the problems before getting worse.

Increased watering

Like humans, trees need more water during the summer to stay hydrated and healthy all day long. The hot weather causes them to go through the water quickly, requiring additional watering. Most trees need one inch of water once a week to reach their root system. Be careful not to overwater, because it can harm the trees more than help.


Forgot to mulch this spring? Don’t worry, and it’s not too late! Mulching should regularly be a part of your annual tree care because it reduces weeds and helps conserve moisture in the soil. Most trees need to be preserved with around three to four inches of mulch. Be sure not to mulch directly around the tree’s trunk, as it can encourage the development of diseases and attract insects.


Most tree pruning should be accomplished during the dormant season, but there are a few situations in which summer pruning is needed. Dead and diseased branches should be pruned both for the tree’s safety and health. Flowering trees should be pruned in the summer once they complete their blooming.


A tree needs the right nutrition to stay healthy and secure during the summer months. Fertilization provides trees with sufficient food to thrive and grow, while also fighting off any pests or diseases. Fertilizing your trees once per summer will help promote positive growth over the rest of the year.

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Dudley Tree can make sure your trees stay healthy all summer long! Give us a call or fill out our contact form for more information.

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How to Spot a Dead or Dying Tree

Category : Tree Care

Large sections of bark that seems to be peeling off the tree’s trunk might be a warning sign of a problem. But, if there is a substantial quantity of rot, especially if the rot is all the way around the trunk, the tree probably needs to be removed. Surprisingly, having a hollow tree trunk doesn’t always mean that the tree is dead. A tree can still be sturdy and thrive with a hollow center. Think of it as a steel pipe: hollow in the center, but still very strong on the outside. Keeping a dead or dying tree in your yard all depends on the structure of the tree as a whole. Here are some things to look for to determine whether or not you should consider tree removal services. 

The base of the tree

There are various issues there that might suggest the tree is dying. A lot of mushrooms growing at the base of your tree might mean significant root rot. Another thing to look for at the bottom of the tree is if the roots are rising out of the ground. Not the roots are growing on the surface, but rather roots separating from the earth. This can indicate that the tree is unstable. In both cases, removing the tree should be considered.

If you don’t know why your tree is dying, a common cause is from construction damage. Everything from driving over tree roots with heavy machinery to digging a trench can weaken a tree’s root system, causing the tree to become unstable or die. If there has been notable construction and you’ve noticed that your tree’s appearance has altered, then the digging or compaction might have caused irreversible damage.

Not every dead tree need to be removed

If it isn’t a potential hazard, meaning it will not harm your property or any people when it falls, you typically leave it. Dead trees are home to birds, bats, and other animals, as well as play an essential role in the ecosystem.

Should trees close to houses or buildings be removed?

Healthy trees that are close to houses or other buildings do not usually need to be removed. These trees, mainly if they are mature, are generally quite stable. If they are taken care of, regularly pruned, and don’t have signs of decay, they can stay where they are without being a threat to your yard.

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Dudley Tree can take care of your dead trees. With our tree removal services in Haverhill, MA, we can ensure your property stays safe and the removal process goes smoothly. Contact us to schedule and estimate! Give us a call at 978-373-1510 or fill out a contact form to learn more.


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