Summer Tree Care Tips

As summer heats up in Massachusetts and throughout the rest of New England, it’s essential to provide your trees with the care they need to thrive in the warmer months. From watering and mulching to pruning and planting, there are several key practices to keep your trees healthy and vibrant during the summer season. In this post, we’ll share our top tips for summer tree care and address common questions about pruning and planting trees during this time.


Proper watering is crucial for tree health, especially during hot and dry summer weather. Here are some tips for watering your trees effectively:

  • Deep Watering: Water trees deeply and infrequently to encourage deep root growth. Apply water slowly to allow it to penetrate the soil and reach the root zone.
  • Morning Watering: Water trees in the early morning to minimize water loss from evaporation and reduce the risk of fungal diseases.
  • Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of trees to retain soil moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.


While it’s generally best to prune trees during the dormant season in late winter or early spring, there are certain circumstances where summer pruning may be necessary:

  • Dead or Diseased Branches: Remove dead, diseased, or damaged branches as soon as they are detected, regardless of the season. This helps prevent the spread of disease and promotes overall tree health.
  • Water Sprouts and Suckers: Trim water sprouts (vigorous vertical shoots) and suckers (shoots emerging from the base of the tree) to maintain the tree’s shape and improve airflow.


Planting trees in the summer can be challenging due to the heat and dry conditions, but with proper care, it can be done successfully:

  • Choose Heat-Tolerant Species: Select tree species that are well-suited to the climate and soil conditions in Massachusetts and are tolerant of summer heat and drought.
  • Watering: Provide newly planted trees with regular watering, especially during hot weather, to help them establish a strong root system. Monitor soil moisture and adjust the watering frequency as needed.
  • Mulching: Apply mulch around newly planted trees to conserve soil moisture, suppress weeds, and protect the roots from temperature fluctuations.

Summer is a critical time for tree care in Massachusetts, and following these tips can help ensure the health of your trees during the warmer months. For expert advice and assistance with summer tree care, don’t hesitate to reach out to Ethical Tree Services. We’re here to help you keep your trees healthy and beautiful all year round.

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