June 24

Summertime Sadness for Trees



Everyone loves trees, from the children who swing and climb around on the them to the parents who enjoy sitting in the shade and having lemonade. Summertime and trees seem to go hand in hand because that is when they get the most use, however it is also a time when they can be harmed the most. Most landscapers or arborists know the risks associated with summer that can harm the well being and health of your tree. Homeowners need to be aware of these risks so that they can protect themselves and their trees from the potentially deadly problems.

Summer Can Hurt Your Trees

The most common gripe about summer is that it brings out all of the pests and bugs that can breakdown your trees and steal nutrients. Insects like beetles, ants, termites, and even bees can quickly kill trees. Birds and squirrels can snap branches. In Indiana, we also have to deal with the Emerald Ash Borer, which can down an entire tree without even thinking about it.


In the summertime, we tend to see thunderstorms and heavy rains that can harm drainage, bringing excessive moisture to the roots and trunk. Inspect your property before these storms hit and ensure there aren’t pockets where water can settle.

Of course, after a storm make sure that your soil isn’t compacted down too much, or that won’t allow for circulation within the roots.


Another risk for trees is the sheer amount of chemicals that we put into the soil. Weed killers and herbicides, and even insecticides, if you still use them, will harm your tree. To make it simple, we don’t recommend using them unless you are a professional. They won’t just kills weeds and insects, but they will also kill your tree and other plant life.

If you continue using them, make to be looking out for discolored leaves or bald spots, as you are hitting them there – remember that wind can blow chemicals into the trees that you use in other parts of your yard.

Menchhofer Tree Care

Call us today to talk to one of highly qualified professionals for any questions you may have about summertime tree care. We have years of experience in the Indianapolis tree removal and tree service industry. We will give you realistic and accurate answers to all of your questions. You can trust that you will be working with one of the best tree care companies in Indianapolis!

Header Photo Courtesy of mauroguanandi on Flickr!

Menchhofer Tree Care

About Steve Menchhofer

Steve Menchhofer has been caring for the trees of the Indianapolis, Indiana metro area for over 40 years. Steve and his team of experienced, certified arborists are members of the International Society of Arboriculture and the Indiana Arborist Association.

You may also like

How To Create More Shade On Your Property

Why Are Urban Trees Necessary?

Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Tree Care Company

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}