Because of the recent freezing weather that damaged the emerging leaves on various trees, as well as the below average amount of rainfall, preventative measures are needed to salvage the area's weakened trees.
Because growing trees need many nutrients from water, moisture is crucial to proper, healthy development, according to Cooperative Extension Service Agent Joe Moore and Certified Arborist Charles Smith. He said he recognized that many people are hesitant to spend extra money on watering and nourishing outdoor plant life; however, without the much needed moisture, trees will be unable to fend off diseases and insects or may simply not have enough energy to fully produce.
Individuals can nurture trees without much extra expense, Moore said. Slow running water and soaker hoses are effective for watering, yet they produce little excess runoff, he said.
Moore also said proper mulching was a useful technique for conserving moisture and increasing water absorption to the tree's root system.
Moore says to take a "wait and see" approach to see if a tree will survive before cutting or pruning.
For more information regarding tree care and management, contact Charles Smith at Chuck 'N' Saw Tree Service at 856-3881 or your county Extension agent.