The Heat is still On. Advice on Tree Care & Self Care in the Summer

Louisville Tree Care in Summer Heat

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Louisville Tree Care - Summer Heat Tips

And just like that, it’s August. Vacations may be ending and school may be starting back up soon, but we know we are still nowhere near the end of the sweltering summer season here in the Ohio Valley.

Excessively hot weather is one of those threats with a danger that lies largely in its invisibility. The sun shines bright and it’s fun to don your favorite worn-out t-shirt and play in the dirt. But the overheated conditions have a big, potentially unhealthy, effect on you and your landscape. With the right awareness and prevention in mind, however, there’s really nothing to worry about.

FIRST, when it comes to plant and tree care …

Louisville Tree Care - Watering Trees in Heat
Watering
:  The specifics in proper hydration can depend on the type of the tree and soil as well as age, but in general it’s best to water your trees less frequently and more deeply rather than numerous, shallow soaks. Think about your roots having a chance to soak it all up rather than giving it an opportunity to evaporate in the heat.

Mulching: Give your trees the benefits of oxygen & nutrient-rich soil they might be missing. Added plus: mulching reduces weeds which means you don’t have to pull them; mowing gets easier as you there’s suddenly no need to trim around the trunk.

Pruning: Prune to prevent and protect. With heat and humidity comes some crazy storms here. Read up on how you can practice tree pruning for protection against the wilder forces of nature.

Call a professional: Sometimes it’s best just to call in the experts. Inclement weather is a great excuse to get a little help and that’s what we’re here for. If you’re in the Louisville area, Abundant Tree Care can come by and customize a plan that’s best for the survive & thrive of your lawn including special fertilizers, insect prevention, disease management and much more.

SECOND, and more importantly, when it comes to caring for yourself…

Do your best to save any of your work for the cooler parts of the day. When you must be out there in the heat, be sure to wear light, breathable clothing and drink MORE than plenty of water.

Heatstroke is the most severe of consequences from prolonged heat exposure, but there are other significant hazards such as dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat cramps that could lead to much bigger problems. Exposure to high temps can also increase the risk of major injuries due to sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses, and dizziness.

Stay aware of heat stress symptoms which are similar to those of the flu. They can include:

*Headache  *Fatigue  *Dizziness  *Nausea  *Profuse sweating  *Thirst  *Vomiting *Diarrhea  *Clammy or pale skin

*Rapid Pulse  *Elevated body temperature  *Muscle spasms (in the case of heat cramps)

Louisville Tree Care -Heat Safety

If you begin to feel any one of these symptoms in any measure, it is extremely important to act quickly so that the problem does not evolve into something worse.

  • Move to a shaded or air-conditioned area and sit or lie down
  • Drink water or a sports drink like Gatorade
  • Apply wet towels or take a cool shower
  • Stretch affected muscles
  • Seek medical attention if you do not feel better in an hour