Spring Storms = Saturated Soils & Tree Damage
June 8, 2015
Wow! What a wet and crazy spring we’ve had. In many ways, we’re thankful for all the extra rainfall. Our region has been suffering terrible drought conditions for years and lakes were well below desirable levels. However, getting so much rain in such a short time has obviously come at a price. The most obvious being the intense flooding in many parts of the state. Less obvious to you may be the toll the weather has taken on your trees.
When soil becomes over-saturated, it can “heave”. Heaving is an upward swelling of soil. When the soil around a large tree heaves, it can cause the tree to topple over unexpectedly. Saturated soils also lack oxygen, which can cause fungal diseases to grow out of control. The heavy rains have also leached away valuable nutrients from the soil.
Combine all of these issues with an already weakened drought-stressed tree and you could end up with a very damaged or fallen tree. So what can you do?
Expose the root flare
When soil covers the root flare, it can soften the bark, causing it to crack and allowing pathogens and pests to enter the wounds. Without proper root flare exposure, trees are more susceptible to pests and disease. During times of heavy soil saturation and heaving, Root Flare Exposure can help. Root flare exposure is the process of removing soil from the area immediately around the trunk of the tree. We use a high-pressure air spade that will not damage roots during the procedure. For more on Root Flare Exposure, visit our services page.
Let the roots breathe
Soil Aeration is something that should be done to the entire landscape at least once a year. With the oversaturated soil lacking in oxygen, it’s even more important to aerate right now. Aerating around the base of the tree allows oxygen to circulate around tree roots. With aeration, our heavy clay soil is now better able to allow for good air and water circulation in the soil around the tree. More on soil aeration here.
Feed hungry trees
As heavy rainfall moved through our soils we’ve lost valuable nutrients. When water drains away it can take with it nutrients such as Nitrogen. While offer Deep Root Fertilization to feed trees. Or for trees that are chlorotic and suffering from excessive nutrient deficiencies, we offer a direct infusion of nutrients using ArborJet technology.
Now that the rains have subsided it would be a good idea to have your trees inspected. Call us this month to get on our service schedule.
Posted: June 8, 2015