Many times, you can see a live tree and think it’s perfectly fine. Take a look again – could it be under stress? Stress in trees is not always visible ― sometimes, it’s not apparent even to a trained arborist. But there are certain signs and cues that indicate stress, which can save your tree! Learning how to prevent stress is critical for the overall health of your tree. Read on to learn 4 different factors that can lead to tree stress.
1. Poor Watering Routine
Sometimes it can be hard to gauge whether or not your tree is receiving sufficient water to be healthy. It may take some practice and time to get the amounts down pat, but it is a critical component to the overall health of your tree. Here in Florida, frequent rainstorms and even droughts can cause issues when it comes to watering. If your goal is to keep your tree happy and healthy, it’s essential to consider the environment to give the proper amount of water for optimal growth.
2. Lack of Pruning
Trimming your trees is essential to their longevity. Overgrowth can cause a vast array of problems, ultimately affecting the whole tree. Although many homeowners will do anything to save a buck, improper pruning can adversely affect your tree. There is a science to proper pruning techniques that include everything from the time it is done to the machines and techniques used. Leave the pruning up to a professional for the best results and ensure your tree’s health.
Picture this, you just purchased your new home and are looking to install a beautiful tree in your front yard that you can watch grow over time – how exciting! You browse for days looking at different trees, and finally, make a choice. Installation was a breeze, and now you can sit back and gaze at its budding beauty. Unfortunately, in the weeks to come, your prized tree looks limp and lacks luster. Although you have done expensive research, it has not been enough to save your tree from the severe stress that has been caused.
There are many different reasons why an improper install can be detrimental to the health of your tree. It could be planted at the wrong depth, poor soil, or in an area of your yard that sees too much foot traffic. Without a proper install, the tree cannot take root and thrive.
4. Overall Neglect
Sometimes the set it and forget it mindset gets the best of us. For a tree, neglect can be one of the top reasons for declining health and longevity, whether it’s failing to prune during the winter and springs months, improper watering techniques, or poor installation. All of these components are considered neglect and can ultimately lead to a stressed tree.
If you often find yourself identifying wondering about the health of your trees, consider hiring a certified arborist to come out and inspect your property’s trees for you, as they have extensive knowledge of the signs of stress. Here at SB Tree Service, our ISA-certified arborist can help you protect your trees and help them stay healthy year-round. Give us a calltoday to schedule an estimate.