Summer has arrived with a vengeance - Urgent Tree Information!
After our arborist's summer audit of the tree health in the ABQ NeighborWoods neighborhoods, some common issues were found. Please review these reminders for watering and proper staking. Please refer to your copy of the City of Albuquerque Agreement to review specific homeowner responsibilities.
This summer has been particularly dry and extremely hot so far!
- Please ensure you are doing a deep watering of your trees at least 3 times a week (or as needed) through the summer months. You must make sure the water gets down into the roots especially when it is this hot for such a long period of time.
- Note: The watering schedule is also dependent on the weather (if there is a heavy rain, you may skip a watering day) of course in all cases...use your best judgement.
- A drought stressed tree is more susceptible to pests and health issues.
- You can save on water and cool your tree roots by adding a fresh layer of mulch – less stress on the tree.
Proper Tree Staking
- Remove existing stakes as needed. Place your hand on the trunk and see where it needs to be steadied. That’s how tall your stakes should be.
- Place the two stakes opposite each other and about 1.5 feet away from the trunk. Use the third stake only if needed and put on an open side of the tree.
- Use a soft material, like canvas strapping or tree staking straps, to attach the stakes. Allow enough slack, so the tree can naturally sway. Don’t use rope or wire, which can damage the trunk.
How long should you keep a tree staked?
- Generally, remove the stake the next growing season. If you add a stake in spring, remove it in fall. Otherwise the tree will depend on the stake and won't stand on its own.
- Also make sure you always remove any wire and tags from around the tree branches, as the tree can eventually grow around the wire or tag and potentially cut off the flow of water and nutrients.