When summer arrives, you know that you need to give extra care and attention to your lawn and your plants. However, it's not always easy to remember that your trees need the same thing. Unfortunately, without the right care during the summer, your trees can suffer serious damage. To make sure your trees don't suffer irreparable harm this summer, here are four care tips you should follow.

Don't Be Stingy with the Water

If you enjoyed a long, wet winter, you might not think that your trees will need a lot of water during the summer. Unfortunately, that's not actually true, especially if you have young trees in your yard. Your young trees and newly planted trees are going to need additional water during the hot summer months. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your young trees get about an inch of water per week. One way to make sure your trees get sufficient water is to install a drip irrigation system for them. A drip irrigation system will ensure that they have access to water all summer long. Once fall arrives, and the rainy season begins, you can turn the irrigation system off.

Know When to Fertilize

If your trees are mature and not exposed to stress, you shouldn't need to provide any additional fertilizer during the summer. However, if your trees are exposed to urban pollution or the soil in your area isn't the best, you may need to provide summer fertilizer. Providing a fresh application of fertilizer at the beginning of summer will be enough to make sure your trees have the vital nutrients necessary to remain healthy during the heat.

Keep an Eye Out for Pests

Pests can be particularly troublesome during the summer months, especially as they burrow into the bark in an attempt to stay cool. To avoid pest infestations, it's important that you inspect your trees at least once a week during the summer. If you see signs of pest infestation, such as curling leaves or chew marks on the leaves, you'll want to call an arborist, such as Phoenix Tree Service, as soon as possible.

Call an Arborist for Serious Problems

It's not uncommon for trees to suffer damage during the summer, especially when those summer storms come through. Wind storms, and even hail storms, can cause serious damage to trees. If your trees suffer storm damage this summer, don't try to take care of the damage yourself. Call a professional arborist instead. They'll know how to repair the damage and save your trees.