During the cool months here in Dallas you admire the beauty of the trees that surround your impeccable landscaping, but once these hot summer months hit, your admiration turns to worry. While there are certain types of trees that are better in the heat or in the cold, they still have their limits. And with trees in Texas not being as abundant as in places like Georgia for example, we want to make sure that your trees live healthy lives.
At Scapes, Inc. we offer numerous tree care services, including the best tree trimming Dallas has to offer and tree fertilization. We also offer a Seasons Program, which would be essential to making sure that your trees survive throughout the year. The program includes the use of all natural fertilizer which promotes tree and root growth, is used as a defense against North Texas pests, provides an aid in the trees’ natural lifecycle, as well as uses products to help prevent the trees from obtaining any diseases.
Your trees may look big, strong and healthy from a distance while you’re mowing and fertilizing your lawn with harsh chemicals, but they’re not. The chemicals from the fertilizer are causing damage beneath the surface, drying out the roots and making your trees weaker and weaker.
A deadly combination for your trees is the mix of the chemically enhanced fertilizer and the hot Texas heat. Trees react best to temperatures in the 70˚-85˚F range, where you see the most growth from them. The leaves are healthy and the roots are strong and filled with moisture from the damp soil. Once the temperatures begin to flirt with 100˚F, the trees can easily get injured and possibly die.
The optimal temperature a tree can live in is 115˚F, the thermal death threshold. With the heat causing a dry spell and not allowing the roots to obtain any moisture, you will notice the leaves begin to wither and dry up, the tree will lose its color and eventually die if not treated.
The condition in which heat negatively effects the trees is what the landscaping world calls Heat Stress, essentially the trees could have a heat stroke if ignored. There are steps you can take in order to burst your tree back to health and help it survive the rest of the summer . However, these steps involve time and care, just like the time you put into cutting and fertilizing that lawn of yours.
Here are some actions you can take once you notice your tree is suffering from heat stress:
- Consistent watering, whether done by you or a timed sprinkler system. Be sure not to flood the base of the tree, water around it, as stagnant water at the tree’s base can cause disease ad injure it further.
- Provide coverage from direct sunlight if possible. If the trees are smaller and it is possible for you to create a structure that can periodically block it while it tries to absorb the water, that can be a great help.
- Add all natural mulch or ground covers that can protect the base of the tree.
- Avoid using fertilizer made with chemicals on your yard and begin to use all natural types in order to avoid poisoning the trees.
To learn more about the cause of stress in trees or to learn how you can protect your trees from the heat and rid them of the stress, please contact Scapes Incorporated today! We’ll explain our top of the line professional tree services to you and provide you with the best Dallas landscaping services at great prices!