This is a very dry time of year. In Maryland lately, we haven’t been getting the amount of rain that we need for our plants to beat the heat. In periods of drought, your trees and other greenery can suffer big time if you don’t take the proper steps to care for them.
The Long-Term Effects of a Drought on Your Trees
So, how do you begin to protect your trees from the effects of a drought? Since researchers have found that these effects “can reduce long-term tree survival in forests for up to a decade after the drought ends,” you really want to take precautions so that these adverse effects don’t come to pass. Professional arborists and civilians alike should learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of these, and how to try and “reverse” the damage done by drought, if possible.
“As our future climate warms and droughts become more frequent and severe, this is going to be a major region-wide concern.” But, what specifically is there to be concerned about? What is it that a lack of water does to your plants and trees? Well, without water, the rate of growth for the tree will slow to a point where it can’t “take in enough carbon to stay alive.” Obviously, without ‘breathing,’ it won’t survive. Also, this has an effect on the trees and general ecosystem around it as more and more trees die and give way to failing forests, for example.
Some trees have a leg up on the others from the start, depending on their environment. Those that are both more typically “drought-tolerant” and those “growing on normally wetter sites” are more able to bounce back after a period of dry weather. Though many trees can make it through a drought, some recovery efforts must be made – both by the tree’s systems and by arborists – in order to get them back to peak health. Leaving them to try and recover on their own on might open them up to further harm in future dry periods.
For a homeowner, the best step is to get in touch with a tree care company, and they can tell you how best to take care of your trees during or after a drought. You should also do some research of your own as to how to water them and what to look for if trying to determine species that have already been affected. To get a recommendation as to how to deal with dry spells, or to have a pro arborist come and take care of the situation, get in touch with Keil Tree Experts and we will send one of our arborists out to your property to assess your needs.