18 Jul How Excessive Rain Can Damage Your Trees
Rainstorms can be beneficial for trees by providing water that they can utilize now or store in their root systems for later use. However, the excessive rain that we get this time of year in North Florida can also cause considerable damage to your trees—sometimes even requiring emergency tree removal in Jacksonville and St. Augustine. As the rain continues this summer, here are some of the ways that excessive rain can damage your trees that you should be aware of.
In North Florida, the most significant rain storms tend to occur in the summer and fall. They often come with strong winds, which can cause further damage to your property. These storms tend to do the most damage to trees when the ground is already oversaturated, and the root systems have become weakened. Oversaturation increases the risk that the roots will come loose during high winds, causing the tree to topple. The longer that trees are exposed to strong winds and excessive rain, the more likely it is that you will have issues with trees falling and need to call for emergency tree removal in St. Augustine or Jacksonville.
Excessive rain can also cause problems for your trees by oversaturating the soil. Oversaturated soil affects how tree’s roots take in nutrients. When the soil becomes oversaturated, it can prevent oxygen from reaching the root system. Within five hours, photosynthesis stops and the tree begins to live off of stored starches. Within three hours a tree uses up all of its oxygen as water fills up all of the remaining pore spaces which typically hold oxygen. After several days of saturation, this can lead to root death in even the heartiest of trees.
An excessive amount of rain can cause an increase in fungi infestations like root rot and anthracnose. Fungi thrive in the wet and humid conditions that we experience this time of year, and can affect your trees in a variety of ways, including dropping leaves, lesions, weakened root, and discolored foliage.
What Can You Do About It?
After heavy rains, always go out and assess the trees on your property for signs of root or soil damage. You’ll want to look for things like exposed roots and excess soil. You should also keep an eye out for new and cracks in the stem of the tree and see if it has begun to lean to one side. Once you’ve taken a survey of your trees, you should contact a certified arborist immediately if you notice any damage. They will be able to inspect your trees and perform any necessary tests to measure the health of the trees. In some cases, you can save a damaged tree. Other times, it will have to be removed.
Keeping your trees well-maintained throughout the year can go a long way. Properly pruned and cared for trees are more likely to stand up to the impact of excessive rain and storms. They are also less likely to spread diseases to other trees. For your tree care needs, including emergency tree removal in Jacksonville and St. Augustine, you can trust the certified arborists at TREECO. Call us at (904) 810-1033 for your inspection today.