Edmonton Summer Tree Care Tips

5 Edmonton Summer Tree Care Tips to Make Your Landscape Lush

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Anyone who lives in Edmonton knows how precious those green, summer months are. When the ice begins to melt away and those hefty winter jackets go back into storage, you can find Edmonton's residents on the city streets, soaking in the summer sun. Though Edmonton's abundance of winter festivals helps break up the cold with fun activities, nothing beats the thaw after months of frigid temperatures. So, when summer peaks its head around the corner and you're looking for summer tree care tips, you want to be sure your yard is taken care of, so you can enjoy the heat while it lasts.

When you want to keep those summer trees in tip-top shape, you can trust your local. Edmonton qualified arborists with all your tree trimming needs! We have 25 years of experience which means we’re experts in our field. With that in mind, check out our 5 summer tree care tips below, for advice from your local tree care experts on how to make those trees sing!

Essential Edmonton Summer Tree Care Tips

1. Pruning

After a long winter, you may find your trees have suffered for it. Maybe your tree has diseased or dead branches. Or maybe after many months of hibernating, they need to stretch out those tired limbs and are encroaching upon your neighbour’s yard. Pruning will help keep your trees healthy and promote tree growth and structure. Maintaining the structure of the tree will also help with stray and broken branches.

But, how exactly do you go about tree pruning if you’ve never done it before? We’ve put together some Edmonton summer tree care tips for pruning to help you through the process:

Step 1: Gather tools

To get started, you’ll need pruning sheers and a pruning saw, for bigger branches.

Step 2: Make the first cut

For the first cut, you want to cut from the underside of the branch in an upward direction. Cut about 18 inches from the base of the branch you are cutting. Cut the branch about halfway.

Step 3: Make the second cut

Once you’ve made the first cut, it’s time to cut from the topside of the branch. It’s best to cut down on the branch about an inch away from the first cut.

Step 4: Cut the tree collar

The final step in the process is to cut the tree collar. This is where the base of the branch meets the trunk of the tree. You don't want to make your cut so close to the collar that it's flush with the trunk, but you also don't want to leave a stub. Start at the tree's baseline and make a 45-degree cut. This angle will prevent water damage. 

2. Mulching

When those snows begin to melt and spring is upon Edmontonians, it's hard to know where to start to get your trees and yards going again. One of the first Edmonton summer tree care tips to consider when planting new trees or maintaining the old ones is to add mulch at its base. Mulch helps lower competition with grass. The reason you don't want grass to encroach upon your tree is that it steals the nutrients and water that the tree needs to thrive and for proper root development. Mulch also cools the soil, which will help with root growth. 

But if you've never mulched your plants before, it can be difficult to know how to go about it. The good news it's a relatively simple process. Just take your bag of mulch and spread it around the base of the tree about 3 to 4 inches deep. You'll then want to create a donut-shaped hole by pulling the mulch outwards from the tree. Do not pile the mulch against the tree trunk in a volcano shape. This will create excess moisture and could lead to wood rot and insect invasion. The outer edges of the mulch should be at the drip line of the branches. And voila! These Edmonton summer tree care tips make your tree a happy camper. 

3. Monitor Pests

Though insects are an indispensable part of our ecosystem, maintaining the health of the soil, nutrient recycling, and pollinating flowers and other plants, some insects such as aphids, mealybugs, and beetles can also wreak havoc on your trees. That's why it's so important to monitor their movements for signs of disease. Some of these signs include yellow leaves, abnormal growths, and leaf spotting. Monitoring pests is one of your most essential summer tree care tips.

But what do you do when those pesky insects have already set up camp and you're looking for some summer tree care tips? Well, how you want to deal with them depends on the type of insect you're dealing with. Some insects can fended off with horticultural oil. This is the best course of action and it's entirely eco-friendly. For other insects, you may need to use pesticides. 

4. Water Regularly

It's probably not news to you that watering your trees regularly is important for their growth, but many people forget about the importance of regular watering. These Edmonton summer tree care tips will help your trees thrive:

From May until October, you'll want to water your trees about once a week. Use a slow steady stream for watering or a watering bag works well for younger trees. When you water these sturdy plants slowly, it helps the root to retain the moisture without too much water loss from soil runoff. The best times of day to water are in the morning or at night. At these hours, the water will not evaporate as easily. 

For younger trees, ensure you give them a deep watering once a week for the first year or two of their lives. Deep watering means that the soil is soaked about 8 inches deep. Young trees don't have a big enough root system yet to provide moisture. 

For mature trees, it's best to water the tree at the base of branches' drip lines. These are where their roots thrive! Follow these Edmonton summer tree care tips and your summer will be unforgettable. 

5. Fertilise

Fertilisation is an optimal summer tree care tip only if your soil is deficient. For those trees that need it, fertilisation will help with resistance to infestation and disease and will make them more robust and vibrant. Some signs that your plants would benefit from fertilisation are small, pale-green leaves, and trees that are deteriorating exhibiting dead branch tips, for example. These are signs of insect infestation or diseases. 

Do not fertilise your plants if they are new (within the first two years) or if their roots have been upended or destroyed. The roots will need to resettle and reestablish themselves before fertilise can benefit them. 

Looking For More Edmonton Summer Tree Care Tips? Hire a Professional Arborist Today!  

Edmonton summer tree care is imperative to ensure your trees stay in tip-top condition and promote growth and health all summer long. Whether you're planting new trees to elevate your landscape to a lush outdoor haven or you want to ensure your mature trees stay around for many years, these summer tree care tips will help you tend to them. However, sometimes you need a little extra help with your yard and there's no shame in that! Our qualified arborists are experts in tree maintenance, proper tree care, and many other professional tree care services.

We're proud to be a locally owned and operated business serving the communities of Edmonton in all tree services, such as tree pruning, tree removal,deep root fertilising, storm damage, and more! We're committed to creating long-term relationships with our clients. That way we're well-versed on the intricacies of your property and can best serve all your tree care needs. 

Choose Trusty Tree Services for Edmonton Summer Tree Care and More Summer Tree Care Tips Today!

Now that you've got some summer tree care tips under your belt, we're more than happy to step in and help assist in whatever tree care needs you have. Whether your trees are diseased or newly planted, trust our expert and certified arborists to handle all your Edmonton summer tree care needs today! As we all know in Alberta, those summer months are fleeting. We'll help you make the most of them. Our expansive skill set and experience in tree maintenance for urban environments make us the summer tree care company that can't be beat! With complete customer satisfaction and affordable prices, we sit one notch above our competitors. 

Need some more convincing? No problem! Just check out these local, 5-star reviews to hear from your community of homeowners and fellow neighbours on our Edmonton summer tree care services, maintenance, and upkeep.

Contact us today to book an appointment for more Edmonton summer tree care tips and all your other Edmonton summer tree care needs. Let us help you make your summer days ones to remember! 


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Preethy Thomas
October 8, 2023

What a fantastic crew!!! Sarah & Shane came and trimmed my rather large tree. Such a professional, knowledgeable, caring, capable and courteous crew. Very well done from beginning to end.They did a fabulous job!

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October 4, 2023
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September 25, 2023

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September 10, 2023

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August 22, 2023

We had a crew from Trusty Tree Services trim three trees on our property a few weeks ago, sorry for the late review. Couldn't be happier with the whole process. From the estimate to the final clean up, everything went very well. I contacted other companies for estimates, didn't even get a call back. Thanks again Trusty Tree for a great job!

Matt H
August 4, 2023

Trusty Tree Services came out and pruned our Amur Cherry tree in Fort Saskatchewan and did a great job. The technicians were knowledgeable and gave me tips on how to better take care of our tree. The technicians were friendly and polite and cleaned up before they left. I would definitely recommend Trusty Tree Service!

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July 25, 2023

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July 7, 2023

We had an amazing experience with Trusty Tree. They gave a prompt estimate for some very difficult trees in our campground. They arrived on time and began work immediately. Their expertise shone through as they brought down the trees on point! Friendly, informative, professional and outstanding workmanship. I would recommend them in a heartbeat. Shout out to Colton, Joe and Adrian - great work!

Deanna Craig
July 5, 2023

We had Trusty Tree out this year to shape and thin 4 trees and 3 Mugo Pine shrubs. I was impressed with a quick appt for the quote and then quick response for booking. Our trees were pruned earlier in the season as this was the recommended timeframe, and the Mugo Pine shrubs pruned later in the spring after the new growth appeared. I'm pleased with the crew that came out, they were polite, professional and experienced. We are happy with how our trees and shrubs look and feel the price was fair. We would definitely recommend Trusty Tree and will have them back in the future. Thanks for taking extra time with us to talk about proper pruning too!

Mark stime
June 26, 2023

Very professional and courteous crew. Difficult tree to cut down with bucket truck given clearances.

christine Maclean
June 22, 2023

I am a new widow and my yard work is so overwhelming, I called Trusty tree to come over and give me a quote. Because my husband who has slways been in love with taking great care of our home,has passed I am here to do it alone.Trusty tree are the most professional people I dealt with..And they actually had the most professional quote,they took pictures of my Tree to elaborate on what needed to be done,and explained why everything had to be done in a certain way...after 3 other companies coming out I realized that Trusty Trees quote was extremely fair. So when the Trusty Tree crew arrived to prune my beloved tree, they were ready, and really understood the sentimental value of my tree that my late husband and I used to sit under every night. The crew members Joe and Shane collaborated beautifully brought down the required amount of my tree..They had a fantastic chipper on site and they also cleaned up the yard so beautifully after the cutting was done...If anyone reads this review,please understand how much that tree meant to me and my late husband. Joe and Shane gave it a loving and caring trim, and they where not only hard working but very informative of the process,and very just great guys,they included their sense of humor to make the trimming process easier on me. THEY were so compasionate and understanding . I thank them for that..... If you are thinking of pruning your gorgeous beloved tree, Trusty Tree has got be your only choice. THESE GUYS ARE THE BEST!!! My name is Christine and if anyone wants to contact me about what a great job this crew did..please do!!!

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June 22, 2023

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Carla Hanak
May 26, 2023

I highly recommend Trusty Tree Services! From start to finish everything was handled promptly, professionally and courteously! They are very knowledgeable and efficient. I really liked how they explained things. We will definitely have them back for some fall work. Thanks to everyone!

Darryl Edinga
May 23, 2023
Karli Butler
May 19, 2023

We were sad to see our tree go, but it wasn’t well and bigger and bigger branches were breaking off; however our Trusty Tree Arborists did a great job. Thanks to @Sarah and @Michael and thanks for the excellent service Trusty Tree.

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May 17, 2023

Excellent, prompt, efficient and professional service. Team was very pleasant to work with. In and out in no time. Clean worksite. Would definitely recommend.

Linda Lankoff
May 11, 2023

The services provided were both reasonably priced and work done was excellent!

Marylyn Reed
May 5, 2023

Very fast professional and thorough work done on both my experiences with Trusty tree Service. Good cleanups and answered all questions. They made valid suggestions which I appreciated. Thank you.

Stephen Davidson
May 4, 2023

Excellent experience. Very knowledgeable experienced crew. Safety is a priority .Highly recommend . Great Job!

Darci White
May 3, 2023

Very speedy and clean-up was amazing. Thanks guys

Gordon Sandberg
April 28, 2023

Thanks to Mike and the crew for doing a great job on Grenfell Ave St Albert. Very professional service.

Colleen Butler
April 27, 2023

Fantastic! The team did an excellent job pruning and shaping our trees. Thank you

Paul Whattam
April 27, 2023

This was the second time I've used this company for mature tree removal. This time 4 fully grown columnar Aspen trees located close to fencing, a deck and between 2 houses were successfully removed with no damage to the aforementioned structures but also nearby concrete curbing. Work was done as scheduled, quickly and neatly. Very satisfied with the work.

Rob Butler
April 25, 2023

Great service by the guys at Trusty Tree Services. Very professional and knowledgeable. They really knew their stuff about how to properly prune each type of tree in our yard. Our trees look so much better now and will have the opportunity to thrive. Good care for our garden ornaments and great cleanup afterwards.Thank-you

Darvin Mills
April 24, 2023

Mike And Shay trimmed 11 trees in and around our complex this morning and did an amazing job. They were professional and punctual. Arrived on time, very efficient and ensured that all branches were clean up before leaving. Very pleasant to work with and we look forward to working with Trusty Tree Service over the summer and fall.

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April 22, 2023
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April 20, 2023

The gentlemen took down a long dead tree YAY !!!! Professional, honest and did a super job THX !!!!

Shelley Honey
April 18, 2023

Thank you Sarah for all of your help!

Sherry Honey
April 17, 2023

Sarah was very knowledgeable and walked us through the options of our tree removal. The team was friendly and overall a great experience. Would highly recommend Trusty Tree Services.

Paul Cairns
April 13, 2023

I look for three things when it comes to service: 1) friendly attitude, 2) timeliness, and 3) efficiency. The crew were excellent in all three scores. It was great to see a clean truck, maintained gear, and use of personal protective equipment as well. This is a great choice for tree care. Done in less than an hour!!!

Dean Mason
April 12, 2023

Mike’s crew did an amazing job for us - pruned trees & removed every visible black knot fungus. They picked up every twig & left our yard tidy. Very personal & professional crew - would strongly recommend their services ! 👍

Bea & Randall Huisman
April 12, 2023

Sarah and crew were here this morning and did one terrific job of trimming all of our trees. I highly recommend them to everyone needing any tree services done.

April 11, 2023

Sarah and Danny did a great job removing a large tree from the front of my yard. I was impressed with the time efficiency and clean up. I would recommend.

Christina Colenutt
January 19, 2023

When Trevor came to quote my yard at my new house, he helped me identify all the trees and shrubs, and clearly explained what work needed to be done. When the day came to do the work, Kolton and Carl were friendly and also walked me through what they were doing and why (I'm interested in these things and was asking questions). They did their best to save my cherry that is infected with black knot. Looking forward to having them come back to continue tree maintenance in the future.

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September 26, 2022
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Lisan Maclean
September 15, 2021

We had trusty trees! Cut down our tree and put all new grass down in our back yard and it's absolutely beautiful 😊 Also the crew are very friendly and extremely hard workers! Thank again ❣️

Matthew Hudon (Matt SH)
July 6, 2021

Excellent value for the work they provide. Our crew was very professional and cleaned up the area they chipped in, right down to the pavement.

Trevor Small
June 13, 2021

Trusty Tree is great. Had them remove two trees with cleanup and shredding. looks great and would use again!

Jessy Yau
June 8, 2021

We had a tree in our yard that had died a few years earlier and wasn’t sure who to call. We called Sunstar who recommended Trusty Tree to us. Trevor came out to look at our tree. We didn’t realize we had another Tree that was diseased. He sent us a quote very quickly. He was able to book a time for tree removal, stump grinding, as well as planting our new trees. The project was done in the timeline provided. The crews showed up on time or earlier than expected which was amazing! They were very professional. I would hire Trusty Tree again!

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June 7, 2021
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June 5, 2021

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Rick McBryer
June 4, 2021

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June 4, 2021

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June 3, 2021

They were on time did a great job & would recommend them any time.

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June 3, 2021
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June 2, 2021

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June 2, 2021

Well done. Good service.

Lisa Johnston
June 2, 2021

Trusty tree has been doing work for a condo association for the last few years. They are always reliable, and thorough and easy to deal with.