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How to Save a Stressed Tree

Any business or homeowner should know how to save a stressed tree. When your property has a stressed tree that doesn't improve, it might be time for a tree removal service by Top Tier Trees in Marietta, GA. However, when possible, it's better to save a stressed tree. 

Trees are instrumental in protecting a property from the elements. Healthy, sturdy trees can keep homes cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, prevent storm damage, and provide shade. 

Additionally, well-groomed trees boost visual appeal. Having large trees in a yard or on the streets can increase home resale value by 3% to 15% in many neighborhoods. Conversely, unhealthy trees can quickly decrease resale value. 

Unfortunately, many factors can lead to stressed trees. For example, it's common for stressed trees to die due to owners applying the wrong tree-care methods. This guide will explore the signs of stress and how to save stressed trees. 

Common Causes and Signs of Tree Stress

Stressed tree signs can pop up in various ways. Some typical tree stress signs are missing or distorted growth, spots or substances like mold on foliage, and overall lacking vigor. 

Besides these signs, there are several other common causes of tree stress homeowners should be aware of. Below are seven of them and how to address the problem.

1. Poor Tree Installation

Improperly planting a tree can quickly lead to its demise. Improper planting can mean different things, including:

  • Using the incorrect soil 
  • Installing a tree in a location like a damp area or too close to a road
  • Leaving guide wires wrapped around the tree trunk

2. Incorrect Watering Techniques 

Many tree owners make the mistake of over or underwatering their trees. Both can trigger yellowing and browning leaf drops. Expertly watering a tree in the first year is the most crucial phase. However, mature trees can also suffer from overwatering or drought stress. 

It's crucial for homeowners to deeply water their trees at least once a week to avoid drought-stressed trees. However, the soil shouldn't become oversaturated. Instead, trees need to dry out between watering sessions. 

There's no standard for how much a homeowner should water their trees. However, every newly planted tree generally requires ten gallons of water per inch. It's also better to water in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are lower so trees can absorb more water. 

3. Inadequate Tree Trimming or Pruning 

Proper tree trimming and pruning methods can improve a tree's attractiveness while stimulating healthy growth. Besides over-trimming and pruning, pruning or trimming at the wrong time can also create terrible tree wounds, attracting pests and diseases. 

Experts recommend only removing one-third of a tree's growth for deciduous trees.

Although many trees have particular seasons when it's better to trim or prune, homeowners should remove dead or diseased branches the moment they appear. 

4. Lawn Injuries Can also Harm Trees

A well-maintained lawn goes hand-and-hand with healthy trees. However, sometimes homeowners make the mistake of trying to maintain their lawn's health at their trees' expense. For example, applying pesticides and weed control substances too close to a tree's roots can prove detrimental to the tree. 

5. Using too Much or Not Enough Mulch

Homeowners should be wary of over-mulching a tree. Too much mulch around a tree trunk can suffocate the tree, while too little can damage a tree's roots. The proper mulch amount is typically around two to four inches of a tree's depth. 

The primary purpose of mulch is to preserve the soil's moisture and prevent weeds from stealing water from trees. Mulch also facilitates better root development. 

6. Injuries from Construction Projects

Construction projects can also quickly damage a tree. Sometimes it's necessary to implement construction changes near trees and other vegetation. When possible, homeowners should take measures to protect their trees during any construction project. 

For example, homeowners should protect the soil around trees from heavy machinery and equipment. A tree barrier can prevent dirt from becoming compacted or contaminated by cleaning products and other fluids. 

7. Not Eliminating Pests

Knowing how to save a stressed tree also includes proper pest management techniques. Trees act as ecosystems for smaller life, like insects. Most bugs are good for trees as they will pollinate them, but some harmful pests can pop up from time to time. 

Some of these harmful pests may include: 

  • Burrowing insects like certain beetles 
  • Defoliating insects that eat away at a tree's fruits, flowers, buds, etc.
  • Sucking insects like spider mites that suck out a tree's vital juices
  • Rodents like rabbits, mice, voles, gophers, and squirrels 

Homeowners will often need to implement pest-specific methods for saving their stressed trees. The best way to prevent pests is through preventative measures. A healthy tree free from diseased or dying branches is less likely to attract harmful pests. 

Determining When You Can Save a Stressed Tree

Even the most diligent tree owner may not always know how to save a stressed tree. Sometimes, saving a stressed tree is impossible; other times, trying to keep one may require too much time and money. 

Many common problems listed here have corrective strategies, but hiring a professional tree care company is essential to ensure the best results. The right team can quickly tell a tree owner if it's possible to save a stressed tree and what the process will look like. 

Let Top Tier Trees Help Today 

Knowing how to save a stressed tree is a crucial skill for any tree owner. However, knowing when to call a professional team is also essential. Top Tier Trees provides cost-effective solutions for saving and removing trees. Know the reasons why it's not a good idea to DIY tree removal by contacting Top Tier Trees today!

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