Trees are not able to talk but they can
still tell you when something is wrong. There are several warning signs that
your tree is under stress. Tree stress can really damage trees making these
signs that can’t be ignored.
Tree Warning Signs
There are two kinds of warning signs;
acute and chronic. Acute symptoms appear quite quickly and are easy to spot.
Chronic symptoms are more difficult to spot and affect the tree for longer,
even after you replenish them with some water.
One of the main acute symptoms of tree
stress is the wilting and scorching of trees and leaves. Scorching is where the
edges of a leaf turn brown when tree leaves don’t have enough water. This sign is
recognized by most plant enthusiast and a good indication that the plant needs
Chronic symptoms are things like a tree
growing slower and leaves being smaller or spotted. This is why it takes longer
to recognize them. Certain types of tree also have their own unique chronic
symptoms. Red Maple trees, for example, go through early fall colors when they
become stressed. Trees undergoing chronic stress are also susceptible to pest
Caring During Tree Stress
It’s possible to try and care for your
trees on their own when they become stressed. One good way to do this is by
strengthening the roots and improving the quality of your soil. If the roots
aren’t getting their nutrients through water then they need some other way to
get it. Sometimes keeping a tree watered when you spot the leaves browning may
actually be enough to keep the damage at bay.
If you notice that your tree isn’t growing
fast enough then you need to take action before the damage becomes too bad.
Water it and spread the water out to encourage the tree to extend and use all
of its roots to take it in. Trees need healthy and strong roots in order to
thrive and live.
Knowing these early warning signs and
helping trees when you can is important to the environment, as well as to the
trees. We need trees to survive and in areas where droughts are bad, as many
trees as possible need to be saved. Preventing long lasting damage is one of
the ways to save as many trees as possible through keeping the damage to a
a Tree Removal Professional to Help
Unfortunately not every tree can be saved.
Sometimes the tree is just too damaged and you have to know when to give up and
call in an arborist or tree service professional. They will assess the health
of your trees and offer advice on what to do next. They know the most about
what to do with trees and can give you a plan to help your tree recover from
the damage. In the event the damage is irreversible they can help you safely remove
the tree so you can focus your watering and efforts on the trees that can survive.
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