When necessities of life are scarce, the old, young, and compromised decline first. The hot weather is fantastic, but pot plants, veggie gardens, and lawns all need additional water. Trees showing signs of stress will need attention if they’re to get through a dry summer.
Early signs of compromise include smaller leaf development, drooping of the foliage making the tree look “sad”, early autumnal leaf colour and premature leaf drop. We were sad to see a 100yr pine tree on a dry exposed bank succumb to stress, taking out 3 fences in its path. Natives will show signs of stress with droop and browning leaves. Fruit trees depleted of energy post fruiting will also show very early leaf drop.
Trees with large leaves will transpire and lose moisture much quicker than trees with waxy leaves.
Deep watering is needed to save your precious trees, and a mulch application around the drip line will enhance the soil’s ability to keep the essential moisture insubstantially.
Arborist mulch is cheap and easy to use. Call us to order some and we will pop you on the waiting list.
If you have a tree in decline, call us for an assessment as they can quickly become dangerous and pose a threat to people and property.