How Drought Now Will Hurt Your Trees For Years to Come
October 21, 2014
Drought stress has a big impact on our urban trees. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that our trees are going to get a break from drought any time soon. The effects of drought stress will continue to increase over the next few years and will have a compounding effect on the overall health of our urban forest. September 2014 was officially one of the driest we’ve had in years. Did you water your trees? If you’ve planted new trees in the past year or so, then supplemental watering in drier, hotter periods is recommended. Proper watering is one of the absolute most important things you can do to keep trees strong and vigorous so they can better defend against pests and disease.
What are some of the continued complications drought stressed trees might have?
- Feeder root loss
- Scorching of foliage late in season
- Added vulnerability to pest and disease
- Increase in branch failure as a result of tissue becoming brittle
Here we have a young Magnolia tree suffering from lack of water. It went through a big part of summer with no supplemental irrigation. As you can see, the top leaves of the tree are brown and crispy. A tell-tale sign of a thirsty tree!
Fortunately, one of our certified arborists, Billy Cook, was able to inspect the tree and have the owner increase its water before all of the top growth died. In only a few weeks the tree has begun to generate new growth throughout the canopy.
Now that the fall season has arrived, this tree would benefit greatly from fertilization to aid it in producing the new leaf growth. Our SEASONS Program offers year-round fertilization that not only encourages vigorous plant growth but also arms your trees with biological defenses to ward off insects better disease tolerance. Our SEASONS program is customized to the particular needs of your trees and landscape. It also brings our staff to your property on a regular basis, so potential problems are identified before they intensify or worsen.
Ready to start your trees on a program to great health and possibly reverse the effects of drought? Give us a call!