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The Need for Rain

The current extreme dry conditions in Australia and in other parts of the world is causing problems for everyone.  Unfortunately, the trees are also suffering from a lack of water, trees absorb their nutrients to thrive through water and without enough they are at risk of a whole host of problems including being vulnerable to disease and pest attacks.

Always water trees before other plants or lawns as trees take decades to replace, whereas grass and smaller plants can be re-established relatively quickly.  Trees also have the advantage of providing huge benefits to homes such as shade (helping to keep homes cool in summer and warm in winter), as stormwater sponges, adding value and course all of the many health benefits.

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Signs of Stress in Trees that are Suffering from Lack of Water

  • Leaf scorch
  • Yellowing of leaves
  • Leaf drop
  • Sparse canopy
  • Wilted foliage

Unfortunately, the effects of drought can last for quite a few years even if consequently the tree receives enough water.  Future buds may be poorly formed and of small size and the twig growth may also be limited.  If your tree is severely stressed, it is always best to consult a qualified Arborist for expert advice on the best ways to try an rectify the problems that have been caused.  Arborists will be able to advise on the best organic fertilisers to use, whether a root plate injection will help the tree.

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Top Tips on Watering in Drought Conditions

  • Consider sacrificing annual plants and shrubs and use your limited water supply on trees.
  • Young saplings need water as they are still trying to establish and are much likely to die if they do not receive enough water. Young trees will need to be deeply watered with at least 5-15 gallons of water every week.
  • Mature trees should be able to survive on being watered once per month, however, they need to be watered deeply using a soaker hose so that the water reaches a depth of 8-12 inches below the ground. Ideally, large trees should be watered twice monthly.
  • Water in the morning or evening.
  • Use organic mulch to a depth of 2 inches to help retain water. Make sure the mulch is not touching the bark as this can cause rot.
  • Do not use lawn fertilizer near trees as these contain salts which will dehydrate the tree even further.
  • Pruning should be kept to a minimum in extreme drought conditions, however, if it is needed for example to reduce the risk of tree failure or to clear from powerlines or bushfire defence, then it is recommended.

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If in Doubt Always Ask An Arborist.

For trees to remain healthy they need to be well looked after and pruned to Australian standards.  Money invested in trees is never wasted money!

For all your Tree Care needs, call Heritage Tree Care on 0737155444 or email sales@heritagetreecare.com.au for a free, no-obligation quote, our qualified Arborists will be delighted to advise you on the best course of action for your trees.  We cover Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Redlands and Gold Coast area in Queensland, Australia.