Learn To Spot A Thirsty Tree
Wilting, brown leaves, rust-colored needles and a distressed crown are all signs that your trees need more water.
Trees in your landscape provide many benefits to you and your home. They add beauty and variety to your view, they provide shade and privacy for your family and they are a habitat for wildlife. Some folks may say that a world without trees would be a sad world, indeed.
Just like people, animals and all types of plants, trees require water to survive. If your area has experienced drought, you may have some thirsty trees. Read on to learn the signs of a tree that is drying out.
One of the most obvious signs of dryness in a tree is wilting. If you have a tree that seems abnormally droopy, it may be wilting and is probably quite thirsty. Wilting is more common in young, small trees. A good watering should perk a droopy tree up quickly. If left without water, the wilted tree may die.
Some thirsty trees hide their distress well, and you’ll have to play sleuth to find signs of drying out. Take a close look at the leaves or needles of your trees. If the leaves are crinkly or are fringed with brown, the tree is dry. Needles that are turning rust-colored and break when you touch them are also a sign of dryness.
If a deciduous tree has been without water for a long time, you’ll notice the leaves turning completely brown and falling off well before autumn arrives. The branches will begin drying out, too, and twigs may snap easily between your fingers.
A tree that is experiencing severe dryness may have a crown that appears dead. It is thought that in its distressed state the tree is trying to establish a balance between the crown and the root system.
Drought-stressed trees can try to save themselves by becoming dormant. Sometimes it is difficult to tell if a tree is dormant or dead; if you’re not sure, you can begin to water it regularly and wait to see if it shows new growth in the spring.
Trees in a residential or commercial landscape represent a large investment. If mature trees are allowed to wither and die, replacing them with trees of similar size can be very expensive or impossible. The best thing to do if you suspect your tree is drying out is to water it. If water restrictions are in place where you live, choose to save your trees and let the lawn die.
Knowing the signs of a tree that is drying out is vital to protecting them. For more information about tree service in San Antonio, visit this website.
As a long time arborist and landscaper, Mark is dedicated to educating people about the joy that comes from property with healthy, trees and plants. You can find his thoughts at: https://storify.com/treeserviceblog
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