Will Your Trees Be Growing Green This Spring?By: Clint Harris
There's mention everywhere these days about going green. Many businesses and people are contributing in different ways. From billions being invested in new, more environmentally friendly technologies; to everyday people finding better ways to make their everyday lives more eco-friendly. One thing we can do to contribute is to protect and preserve our trees. Many of us our blessed to have properties were there is ample room for trees to grow and thrive. This article will cover some easy signs to look for regarding tree heath, or stress so that hopefully we can take more of a proactive approach in order to help preserve one of the greatest environmental assets in our community, our trees.
The flip side of the coin with trees surrounding our homes, and growing in areas where people congregate, is that they can sometimes be hazardous or become a liability. This is why it is very important that, as a homeowner, you understand the signs of whether or not your trees will be growing green this season.
Soon, our deciduous trees will start to leaf out and one of easiest ways to get an indication of their vitality is to visually look for dieback or decline in their foliage. This means to look for limbs or sections of a tree that don't have leaves. Dieback is defined as a condition in which the ends of the branches are dying. These sections are generally located at the limb tips, but can also be entire limbs or sections of the tree where there are no leaves. For example, when you look at your trees this spring and see that the buds are starting to leaf out with the warm weather, you may see an entire section or a large limb that is not leafing out like the rest of the tree. This is most likely an indication that something is not right with the whole tree.
Another indication of stress can be large amounts of water sprouts or sucker growth on the interior of the tree. A water sprout or sucker growth can be described as small shoots growing directly from the trunk or larger limbs of the tree. Don't be mistaken if you see leaves on the sucker growth, this is still an indication of overall tree stress. If you find that your trees show some of these signs keep in mind that when they are stressed, they become much more susceptible to secondary offenses associated with insect infestation or disease that once sets in can kill trees.
If you start to see smaller limbs and twigs falling down from the extremities of the tree, the tree is letting you know that it is stressed! If you start to see many larger limbs, starting at 3'' to 4" in diameter or even large sections falling from the tree, the tree is more than likely in an advanced stage of stress. When the bark of your once healthy tree becomes brittle, spongy, and even starts to fall off, it may be too late to save your tree. If you are concerned with any of the trees on your property, this is usually an indication that you have noticed something that is not right. The sooner you contact an arborist, one who is educated to assess your tree(s), the more cost effective it becomes for you. Talk about going green!
All in all, a beautiful, green yard is what we all really look forward to as the weather begins to warm up. What better way to spend a sunny afternoon, then sitting outside enjoying the miraculous effects of spring. As the saying goes, green is the new black, and who knew that the trees had it right all along.
Clint Harris | Certified Arborist # SO-5221A
770-597-6420 | www.acorntreecare.com