National Tree Check Month: Tips for Making Sure Your Trees Are Safe and Secure

National Tree Check Month: Tips for Making Sure Your Trees Are Safe and Secure

August 18, 2023

With August's arrival, we find ourselves standing at the threshold of National Tree Check Month, a dedicated time when we come together to celebrate the majesty of trees and ensure their well-being. At Ben & Annie’s Trees for Tomorrow, our passion for trees and their critical role in our environment drives us to empower individuals with the knowledge and tools to protect and nurture these natural wonders—which is why we’re here to help guarantee your trees are in tip-top shape. From pruning to examining to watering, read below to find our top tips to make sure your trees are safe and secure this National Tree Check Month.

Start with a visual inspection

Begin your tree care journey by conducting a thorough visual inspection of your trees. Walk around your property and take note of any visible signs of distress, such as dead or decaying branches, cracks in the bark or changes in leaf color. Early detection of these issues can help prevent further damage and improve the overall health of your trees.

Prune with purpose

Pruning is an essential practice that promotes healthy growth and prevents potential hazards. Trim away dead or overgrown branches to enhance sunlight penetration and airflow. This not only fosters proper photosynthesis—but also reduces the risk of falling branches during storms. Remember to use sharp, clean tools to make precise cuts and minimize the stress on your trees, and if you aren’t comfortable, don’t hesitate to call a professional for help.

Examine your soil

We often forget that a tree's roots are its anchor and lifeline. Gently dig around the base of your tree to inspect the soil. Is it too compact? Are there signs of erosion? Trees need well-draining soil to flourish, so if it looks dicey, you’ll want to consider mulching to retain moisture and improve soil quality.

Be sure to hydrate

Just like us, trees need water to thrive. Adequate and consistent watering is crucial, especially during the hot end-of-summer months. Deep watering encourages root growth and helps trees withstand drought conditions. Be mindful of the specific water requirements for different tree species—a good rule of thumb is to water the soil within the tree's drip line—and adjust your watering schedule accordingly. 

Guard against pests and diseases

Trees are susceptible to various pests and diseases that can compromise their health. Keep a vigilant eye out for signs of infestations, such as discolored or distorted leaves, unusual holes in the bark or the presence of pests. Consult with local arborists or tree experts to identify and address any issues promptly.

Be storm ready

As we continue into late summer and early fall, the likelihood of severe weather events increases. Take preemptive measures by securing weak branches, especially those close to your home or power lines. This proactive approach minimizes potential damage and ensures the safety of your property and loved ones.

Seek professional care and consultation

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, trees may face complex challenges. Don't hesitate to seek the expertise of local certified arborists or tree care professionals, as they can provide tailored advice and services to ensure the long-term well-being of your trees.

Stay educated

Above all, National Tree Check Month is a reminder of the ongoing responsibility we have to care for our trees. Stay informed about best practices, emerging tree care technologies and local environmental conditions. The more knowledgeable you are, the better equipped you'll be to make informed decisions about your tree care routine—which is exactly what we aim to do here at Ben & Annie’s Trees for Tomorrow. We believe that the well-being of our planet is intrinsically linked to the health of our trees, and by educating yourself on the importance of trees and investing time in tree care, you not only contribute to the beauty of your surroundings—but also ensure a sustainable and thriving ecosystem for generations to come. Celebrate this month by committing to the health and security of our cherished trees, and for more information about the work we do at Ben & Annie’s Trees for Tomorrow, feel free to give us a call at (210) 670-5297 or fill out our online form today.