SUMMER TREE CARE TIPS
The warm and wet spring which has led us
into early summer has quickly awoken our community’s sleeping trees and
shrubs from their winter hibernation. The Village’s various species of
trees and shrubs have quickly budded and leafed out and brightly greened
our rural forest community. Flowering crab apples and red buds are
starting to turn from their delightfully bright springtime colors to
lush green leaflets. Dogwoods and magnolias have dropped their wonderful
spring flowers and have filled their branches in nicely with their green
Last summer’s drought severely impacted
the vigor and health of our community’s trees and shrubs. The extended
periods of extreme hot and dry weather weakened the immune systems of
many species of trees in our community, opening them up to the possible
invasion of pests, diseases and even sudden death. Residents worked very
hard to water and care for stressed trees and shrubs during the
drought’s harshest periods. Although the last drought may be over and
this summer may or may not pose another drought, it’s important to
practice some basic tree care habits to ensure the vigor and health of
your trees and shrubs.
- Apply a 2” to 4” layer of organic or
inorganic mulch around the drip line of the tree. This layer of
mulch helps the important fibrous roots of a tree establish a good
relationship between a tree’s root system and fungi organisms that
greatly help a tree’s ability to transfer essential water and
minerals. Please remember not to pile mulch directly on the trunk of
a tree. If residents would like free wood chips from our chipping
program, contact the Village garage at 708-923-7170.
- Larger established trees need a
minimum of 200 to 250 gallons of water every week. A garden hose
attached with a rotating sprinkler or a soaker hose should be placed
under the tree’s drip line. Running the sprinkler approximately 20
minutes results in the suggested 250 gallons of water.
- Newly planted trees or young trees
(1 to 3 years) need approximately 1” to 2” of water per week (which
is the equivalent to 10 to 20 gallons).
- Avoid damaging the base of the tree
with a weed-whacker or lawn mower. Damage to the outside bark of a
tree can lead to insect or disease invasion, especially during the
- Dead wood can be pruned from a tree
any time of year. Closely monitor your trees for signs of decline.
If residents are worried about the health of their tree, a certified
arborist should be contacted for a suggested treatment.