Help Your Trees Survive the Drought

Help Your Trees Survive the Drought

Recently the California Urban Forest Council posted a helpful information sheet. The article is very relevant to Wichita Falls and helping trees survive in a drought – as both areas are mired in an extended drought. The information sheet points out that aside from being valuable natural resources, trees and water provide our homes and our lives with many physical and aesthetic benefits.

The Council points out the situations homeowners need to be concerned with:

Young Trees – In order to grow deep root systems, young trees will need easy access to water, as their roots are less established.

Mature Trees – When near heat traps like driveways or foundations, mature trees require more water.

Exposed Trees – Water loss is greater where trees are exposed to hot afternoon sun and constant wind (sounds like Texas!).

Deciduous Trees – The critical time for water is during late winter/early spring when new buds are forming.

The Council also had the following tips:

  • Water (for those fortunate enough that can) younger trees roughly 2 times a week and older ones just 1 time a week.
  • Add mulch around the base of the trees to keep soil from getting to hot and dry,
  • The optimal time for watering is when it is still dark - such as before sunrise and after sunset.
  • Choose plant native or drought resistant tree species, as they require less water to adapt and thrive.

Perm-O-Green also offers tree and shrub care as a partner to our quality lawn care service program. Our tree and shrub programs are designed to control damaging insect and disease pest while providing the nutritional requirements for your trees and shrubs; both components critical to maximizing plant

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