As tree owners, the idea of a force of nature barreling into our yards and tearing apart the plants we put so much time and effort into can be maddening. Even if you aren’t someone who spends a lot of time out in the yard, a damaged or dead tree can seem like an insult if you bought the house expecting it to look a certain way.
Not to mention the potential damage of a weakened limb in the weeks and months after a storm or flood. Living under the shadow of a branch that could crash into your windscreen at any moment is no way to live.
Join us today as we take a closer look at tree care tips to treat and help your trees recover in the wake of a serious storm or flood.
Storms can be one of the most frustrating parts of owning and maintaining your own plants. After all, it’s not like you can complain to management when a tropical depression sweeps through your neighborhood and harrasses your palm trees and scrubs. They are, as the old saying goes, just one of those things, especially in the Sunshine State.
Still, once the storm has passed, it’s important not to let the damage go untreated. There’s almost always something that can be done, but the most important thing is to see the opportunity and take it.
In cases of major storm damage, begin with pruning and removing trees that pose a risk to people or property. This should be done within the first days and weeks after the storm and should not be neglected, no matter how important your trees are to you. Though the yard may seem to “return to normal,” it’s the unseen defects in trees that affect their structural integrity and make them a danger to keep in this state.
The danger of damaged wood and cracks like those caused by storms also serve as a biological onramp for insects and diseases. Large wounds tend to heal much slower, but even smaller lacerations can be tricky. Inspect your trees closely for signs of rot and internal damage, and trim back or remove them accordingly.
Florida’s famously a very wet state, no matter what time of year you visit or choose to live there. This wetness, while often extremely good for the plants that live and thrive here, can take on a more serious tone during a flood.
In cases where flooding occurs in root systems, the trees attached to those systems can be negatively affected. Soil can remain waterlogged for much longer than it seems to, even in cases where the tree and soil seem completely fine. This overabundance of water reduces the oxygen supply which is so essential to the health of your tree’s roots.
Diseases like Phytophthora root rot and armillaria come to life in wet conditions and work actively against the health of your tree. This can make them especially deadly to weakened trees. Flooding also affects the pH balance of your soil. This balance of acidity and alkalinity can be innocuous enough for some plants, but others may struggle with this kind of change.
When root systems are damaged, trees experience a bottleneck around their primary source of nutrients. As a result, your tree will suffer and die back in proportion to the amount of damage to its roots. Keep in mind, as well, that roots are your tree’s natural anchor system, keeping it upright as it grows. When they become sickly or withered, the plant’s structural integrity becomes jeopardized.
With hurricane season in full swing, there’s no better time than now to discover professional tree care tips for treating your trees. For expert tree removal and maintenance services in the Volusia County area, get in touch with Tree Worx Florida today and start taking better care of your yard.