Drought is a common occurrence in Colorado, and it can have a significant impact on the health of trees. Drought conditions can lead to a lack of water for trees, which can cause damage or even death to the tree. In this article, we will discuss the effects of drought on trees in Colorado and what property owners can do to help mitigate the effects of drought on their trees.
When a tree is experiencing drought conditions, it may not have enough water to sustain itself. This can cause the tree to become stressed, which can lead to a variety of problems. One of the most common effects of drought on trees is leaf scorch. Leaf scorch occurs when the leaves of a tree are unable to absorb enough water, causing them to dry out and turn brown. This can cause the tree to lose its leaves and become weaker.
Another common effect of drought on trees is branch dieback. Branch dieback occurs when the tree is unable to transport enough water to the branches, causing them to dry out and die. This can cause the tree to become weaker and more susceptible to pests and diseases.
Drought can also affect the root system of a tree. When the tree does not have enough water, the roots may not be able to absorb enough water to sustain the tree. This can cause the tree to become stunted or even die.
Property owners can help mitigate the effects of drought on their trees by providing them with additional water during times of drought. This can be done by watering the tree regularly, especially during periods of drought. It is important to water the tree deeply and to not water the tree too frequently. Watering the tree too frequently can cause the roots to become shallow, which can make the tree more susceptible to drought.
Another way to help mitigate the effects of drought on trees is by mulching around the base of the tree. Mulch can help to retain moisture in the soil, which can help to keep the tree hydrated.
Drought does impact our trees in Colorado. Drought can cause leaf scorch, branch dieback, and can affect the root system of a tree. Property owners can help mitigate the effects of drought on their trees by providing them with additional water, adding a yucca excrat, and by mulching around the base of the tree. Another note on watering: It's important to water your trees drip line and not just stick a hose are the base of the tree. The drip like is where the fine tendrils of the root system gather water andn nutrients for the canopy...if these roots dry out the amount of surface area the trees roots has decreases dramatically! Very important!
Remember to consult with Colorado Premier Tree Care for a proper diagnosis and treatment of your trees during a drought. Consider signing up for quarterly deep root watering and fertilizing too. Cheers Denver !