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Some tree health concerns aren’t obvious, while others could be staring you right in the face. One of the biggest contributors to tree decline is a simple one; your tree was planted too deep. Or, too much soil or mulch has been moved up against the base of your tree. If you can’t see your tree’s root flare, your tree could be in trouble.
Mulching your landscape beds and trees is a great way to conserve moisture in the soil and moderate soil temperature. You’ll find that if you don’t mulch your landscape before the onset of summer, plants typically struggle to make it through the heat. Mulch also has many other great benefits.
Metroplex soils are currently at complete saturation with additional rainfall to come. This presents a big concern for area trees. Many trees are already dealing with highly diminished root systems due to the past years of intense drought. These ailing root systems are subject to increased trouble from the saturated conditions.
Across Dallas-Fort Worth there are large, beautiful oaks, sprawling pecans and many other large trees trees that offer up much-needed shade. If you own a home, planting a shade tree in your landscape offers benefits such as lower air conditioner bills plus shaded outdoor areas for lounging and entertaining. Shade trees are pretty non-negotiable in our hot Texas climate. Unfortunately, all that shade can cause some serious challenges for your beloved lawn.
We are often asked “Will ivy growing up the trunk of my established tree harm it?” Yes and no. Generally, ivy will not harm a healthy, established tree. However, ivy growing around the base of a tree and up its trunk could be competing with nutrients, sunlight and water that the tree needs. This could cause the tree to weaken and become more prone to pests and disease.
As old homes are torn down, or homeowners add on to home or put in new driveways, you may find yourself, and your trees, a secondary victim to construction damage. Think that fenceline protects you? Think again: Construction in your neighbor’s yard can do permanent damage to your trees.
As we visit properties throughout Dallas and Fort Worth, we consistently come across trees that have been improperly planted. In the case shown below, the tree was planted too deep. As it grew, the root flare became buried, ultimately causing the roots to gridle. Girdling roots can negatively affect the canopy development and proper branch growth. The tree will then begin to decline or ultimately die.