Lawn & Garden

Radio: Hot Weather Tree Care

Hot weather can really take a lot out of a person… and out of a tree as well. That's why it's important to take special care of your trees when temperatures soar. Here's what to do to keep your leafy friends healthy all summer long.

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First, some basics. The ring around the base of a tree that stretches from its trunk to its outermost branches is called the dripline; this is the line that receives most of the rainwater shed by the tree's canopy. Keep this area free of grass and weeds, and lay a two-inch covering of mulch to discourage weeds and help the tree retain moisture. Keep the mulch about six inches away from the tree trunk. The trunk's flare-where it widens as it meets the ground-should be visible.

Trees need lots of water in hot weather, particularly very young trees. During dry, hot stretches, water young trees every week, and older trees about once a month. Don't water too often-the soil should be saturated, not soggy-but do water deeply; shallow watering encourages shallow roots.

To water, place your hose inside the dripline and let the water trickle out slowly; move the hose several times until water has permeated the area. An alternate method is to drill a hole in a five-gallon bucket and let the water drain out slowly, refilling and moving the bucket until the area is saturated. And never water in the heat of day.

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