Residents and business owners of the East Dallas, North Dallas, University Park, Highland Park, Uptown Dallas and Preston Hollow communities have been reaching out to request Dallas Emergency Tree Service from White Rock Tree Removal Service, in response to dead or dying trees causing hazardous conditions on their properties. Obviously, drought is a major contributing factor to tree death in the Dallas area.
Lack of available moisture may not be the ultimate cause of Dallas tree death. Drought conditions may weaken your tree's defenses to the point that normally weak pathogens, like hypoxylon fungus are allowed to take hold. In such cases, it will become eminently necessary to engage a Dallas Emergency Tree Service, like White Rock Tree Removal Service, as once fungus infection is obvious, the tree is already dead. Heat stress sets the appropriate conditions for tree deaths from macro fungi like hypoxylon canker. Hypoxylon, usually considered a weak pathogen, is a white rot fungus, whose first obvious sign of tree infection is the thinning or dying back of the crown of your Dallas tree. Infection next causes exposed areas of gray, reddish brown, green or tan spores in spots where infection caused tree bark to loosen and slough off. Visibility of spores is a sure sign of tree death.
Any Dallas Emergency Tree Service will tell you that proper care of your Dallas trees, in drought conditions, is the best way to prevent conditions that lead to opportunistic pathogens like hypoxylon canker and insects like bark engraver beetles. The latter of which, burrow completely through your trees causing spontaneous limb drop and buckled trunks in trees that may have no other signs of distress, besides obvious dehydration.
Though water, soil moisture in particular, is paramount to long term tree health, dehydration is not the only problem. Transpiration is limited by low moisture levels in soil and lack of humidity, causing the cells in leaves to literally cook to death. Trees dissipate heat through transpiration, which is water evaporation from tree leaves. This cell cooking releases toxins, which build up to cause lesions that eventually kill Dallas trees. The effects can be hard to identify and cause unseen / unknown hazardous conditions. The devastating results of these hazardous conditions are what is driving the high volume of calls for emergency tree service, from residents of the East Dallas, North Dallas, University Park, Highland Park, Uptown Dallas and Preston Hollow communities to White Rock Tree Removal Service.
You can reduce stress to your trees, as drought conditions continue, by protecting root systems from damage through proper watering, minimizing over crowding, and proper pruning. Supplemental watering is necessary in cases of 7 straight days of drought conditions or significantly higher temperatures than are the norm, for the particular time of year. Flooding the roots close tho the trunk can cause various diseases. Water your trees outside the drip line, (the area on the ground directly under the farthest-reaching branches,) of the crown. Water once a week with a soaker hose, a half or quarter of the root system at a time, soaking the soil to a depth of 8 to 10 inches. Of course, water in the evening and be sure to follow local rules for water conservation.
Unfortunately, all the prevention in the world can't guarantee a good outcome 100% of the time. Be sure to protect yourself and your property. If you have any questions or concerns about the health or condition of your Dallas trees, call a local Dallas tree service like White Rock Tree Removal Service for a free onsite tree inspection.