Your trees may not get enough water during a drought, leading to potential tree death. Our certified arborist with Top Tier Trees, offering specialized tree trimming and pruning in Marietta, describes how to save a dying tree from lack of water in the paragraphs below.
You can tell if a tree is dying or dead by identifying several key signs, including:
The difference between a tree that is dying and a tree that is already dead is in the results of a scratch test. If you take a knife and scrape some of the brown coating off some twigs and branches around the tree and there’s green underneath, your tree is still alive.
Even in bad shape, a living tree can recover with careful tending and maintenance. If you have signs of a dying tree with any of your trees, work quickly to help restore it to its former glory.
One reason a tree is dying could be that young and mature trees have different needs. A young tree often needs more water as it establishes roots and acclimates to your yard. Once established (after one to two years), a mature tree rarely needs watering except in times of drought because the root system can have a larger spread than the canopy.
Young trees could require as much as 20 gallons of water per week. However, once established, you may only need to water a mature tree one to two times per month, and perhaps even less often in humid areas.
Dying and dead trees are more susceptible to disease and pest infestation. Keep a close eye on trees that show signs of dying. For example, common diseases and pests in Georgia include Seiridium Canker, Hypoxylon Canker, Ambrosia Beetles, Pine Beetles, and invasive Japanese Beetles.
When you notice signs of a dying tree in your yard, call your certified arborist to inspect your trees for pests or diseases. Your arborist can recommend the removal of the infected tree if necessary to protect other healthy trees in your yard.
If your tree doesn’t show signs of pests or disease, your arborist can recommend a regular schedule of watering, fertilizing, and preventive treatments to protect your tree from becoming infected when it is most susceptible.
You need to consider several factors when determining how to save a dying tree from lack of water.
The things that matter most when a tree is dying include:
Watering recommendations vary, but you typically want to use a slow drip method to hydrate the soil around your tree adequately. A drip hose is an excellent solution to manage your water flow.
You can calculate the amount of water you need by multiplying the tree’s diameter by five minutes of hose time set to a medium flow. If your tree is 18 inches in diameter (the distance straight through the trunk, calculated as the distance around the trunk divided by 3.14), you should water it for 90 minutes (18 x 5) on a medium flow every two to three weeks during a hot drought.
Once your healthy trees recover from dehydration, work closely with your certified arborist to maintain a lush canopy, healthy bark, and beautiful foliage. Your trees will need regular watering, fertilization, pest and disease prevention, and pruning and trimming of dead branches. Your arborist will know more tips on how to care for trees.
We have two ISA-certified arborists on our staff and are members of the Georgia Arborist Association, the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), and are TrustDALE Certified.
We proudly support the TCIA Vision and Focus for tree care, including:
We are also proud members of the Georgia Arborist Association, where we:
Now that you know how to save a dying tree from lack of water, you need a certified arborist to help you maintain your healthy trees. At Top Tier Trees, Founder and Owner David Hall leads our team with ISA certification and a goal of 100% customer satisfaction. Call us today for arboriculture service in Marietta, GA.