How Saturated Soils From Heavy Rains Can Impact Your Trees

Trees are very important for our environment. They are a key part of every living thing’s survival. Many people plant trees to liven up the outside of their home, but are they properly caring for these trees?      

Many people don’t know the right methods for caring for trees. According to the Preservation Tree, 2019, most people have no idea what it takes to keep their trees healthy and alive.  It comes down to a science and the majority of people just don’t have the time. If you have trees that are in need of care be sure to check out our tree service Round Rock.

Knowing your backyard and what it’s made of is key.  Healthy soil is made up of a variety of soil particles, microorganisms, water, and spaces that hold air. If there are too many downpours or heavy rains in a short period, it can fill up the air pockets in the soil.   This can be damaging to your yard and your trees.

Soil is much like the foundation of a house. If there is too much water, it can weaken the structural sturdiness of a tree’s root system. Over time, there won’t be enough support to keep the tree upright.

Also, roots can suffocate. The air pockets are now gone because they contain water.  The Preservation Tree, 2015, ‘Spring Storms = Saturated Soils and Tree Damage’ article states that because saturated soils lack oxygen, it can cause fungal diseases to grow out of control.

Heavy rains also drain important nutrients away from the soil. You can’t shut off the rain or put a protective shield around it, so, what can you do?  There are many methods of tree care just as there are many dangers to trees. One of these dangers is root rot.

What is Root Rot?

As claimed by Elite Tree Care, ‘Tree Disease Library: Root rot is a disease that attacks trees that are currently growing in wet soil. It can shorten a tree’s lifespan. Some of the symptoms of root rot are in some cases similar to pest control or other diseases.

Tree’s with root rot suffer from substandard growth, dying leaves, leaves falling prematurely, and eventually, a tree death. Root rot can be caused by two things, but the main source is badly drained or overwatered soil.

These soggy conditions cause roots to decay and later die. The scary thing is, the rot from dead roots can spread after the soggy conditions are cured. You can prevent root rot by disinfecting your gardening tools and by planting them in properly drained soil and by avoiding overwatering them.

If a tree is already moderately infected use a chemical such as a methyl bromide around and in the base of the tree to reduce the level of the infection. If your trees are severely infected, remove the infected tree entirely to prevent it from spreading to another tree. 

The top three rules for tree care are water, water, and water. Suzanne DeJohn, 2019, ‘When to Water Trees’ claimed that the amount of water a tree needs depends on many things including age, species of tree, time of year, the weather, and soil type.

With newly planted, young trees, however, require a more frequent amount of watering. During extended periods of drought, all trees can benefit from supplemental watering. You can know when to water by taking a long screwdriver, it should be about 8″, if the soil is damp, the screwdriver will easily pass through. If you can’t get it past 6″ it’s time to water. 

Tree care is good, but proper care is even better. One main thing to remember with tree care is to treat your trees like they are humans. Humans need oxygen, nutrients, sunlight, and just the right amount of water. Give your trees the right attention and TLC and they will stand strong and healthy for a long time.