How Do You Tell If Your Tree Is Dead, Stressed or Still Living?
Even if we were to get rain all month long, a depressing number of Texas area trees will already be lost, changing the way Houston and surrounding areas look forever. With it predicted that by the end of 2012 the Houston and 8 county area surrounding the City , we will loose 66 million trees. One of your trees can be on that list or if you are quick to react, you can keep your trees alive before the tree reaper comes calling to cut him down.
Is there a fool proof way a homeowner can determine that a tree is dead without a professional to come give their opinion?
If tree is leafless or with all brown leaves and you see any bark falling off the tree, then it is dead.
Tree limb test, pull on a branch and let it go , if it is going back to normal position and the tree limb is not cracking, probably not yet a dead tree.
My tree looks perfectly fine, I do not see any symptoms of drought stress.
Each tree before the drought has built up a reserve of energy....sort of like our body fat in humans....so when each tree goes into stress they start to pull upon this reserve....when they exhaust the reserve, then the tree starts to show symptoms: Curling of Leaves, bending of leaves, scorching of leaves, browning of leaves and leaves falling off the tree are all symptoms of drought stress on the tree.
My tree has no more leaves, they all fell off…..is this tree dead?
If the bark looks good and you see no falling limbs – you need to water it during the winter and wait till next spring. It may bud out leaves again.
My tree has brown leaves that will not fall off? Is it dead?
The tree may need to rehydrate to lose its leaves; well obviously if it rehydrates itself, its not dead – so give it a good deep watering – a really deep watering ( 10 gal per inch of tree diameter) and see if after 10 days the tree leaves start to fall off. If they stay on the tree, try one more heavy watering, if after another 10 days still no difference, the tree is probably dead....but not for certain unless you want an H2O representative to give you a definite opinion.
When trees go into stress , some trees shut down the stomates from accepting any more moisture to conserve energy of the tree. Until the tree feels it has sufficient water to reopen the stomates, the leaves will not fall off unless rain or wind force the leaves to come off.
I know my tree is on its last leg of life, can this tree still be saved or is there a point it is too far gone?
If you call H2O Conservation Technology, if the tree still has life, we can save it. We will need to perform Tree Critical Care Practices by feeding the tree a special tea, no chlorinated water and feed it a "chicken soup" microbial compost teas to bring it back to health.
What is more cost effective , cutting my tree down or saving my tree?
H2O Conservation Technology can save your tree for approximately half the price of cutting it down and removal. I think you would economically benefit more by Saving the tree.
So if I see symptoms of drought on my trees – it looks like my trees are already dying -how do I possibly save them before they die?
The key is water. Watering a tree will keep it hydrated to perform its normal biological functions. Remember at this time of year trees are shutting down due to the colder weather. But the root system is in need of stress repair, so do not fore go your watering. We need to nurse them back to health with compost tea.
I see pine trees all over the neighborhood with brown needles….are these trees dead?
If the bark looks good and you see no falling limbs – you need to water it during the winter and wait till next spring. It may bud out leaves again. The tree may need to rehydrate to lose its needles; well obviously if it rehydrate itself, its not dead – so give it a good watering ( but on pine trees a very long maybe 5 hour watering right at the trunk of the tree) and see if after a 10 day period the tree needles start to fall off - if they do this tree is still alive.
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