Fall 2014 - Stress? What Stress?

By Keith Glaznap, ISA Certified Arborist WI-0678A

It’s finally warm outside and you are enjoying the sunshine while sipping on your favorite beverage. The trees on your property are full of life! As you stroll around the side of your home something catches your eye and to your horror you soon realize that your favorite tree is looking “sick”. The foliage has seemingly turned yellow overnight and a few branches have not leafed out. You begin to wonder how this could have happened as that tree looked “fine” just last year. 

Does this sound familiar to you? If it does you are not alone. While many trees this past winter did suffer from severe winter damage most trees will not “suddenly” become “sick”. Many stressed trees go through a period of gradual decline. This decline could fester for a number of years before the more obvious signs such as yellow leaves and dead branches finally manifest themselves. By the time you see these symptoms, the tree is nearing the final stages of decline. At this point you may still be able to save the tree, however it will likely be more difficult and more expensive. How do your trees get to this point in the first place? 

There is no one simple answer to this question, however there is one common theme….  Us! We are the main cause for the decline of our trees. Whether it is something more obvious like construction damage or something less obvious like replacing a forest floor with a lawn, we are changing the environment around our trees and exposing them to stress. What can we do to help keep our trees from getting to these final stages of stress? 

Having a Wachtel certified arborist out to assess your trees and your property will help you determine the current stress level of your trees, what the primary cause for any stress may be and how to reduce the stress as much as possible.  

With this information, we can now make intelligent decisions regarding how to deal with any stress in your trees. We offer a variety of services designed to help trees better cope with stress and/or improve soil conditions. 

The point of this article was not to send you running to your phones in panic afraid that your trees may be dying even though they are green. Rather the point was to help you understand that most human created environments are not ideal for your trees and if you can get ahead of the game by having your property and your trees assessed now you may be able to help prevent even bigger and/or more expensive issues down the road. So get ahead of stress!

Call your Wachtel certified arborist today and schedule an appointment to have your trees assessed! 

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