News And Advice From The Leading Thousand Oaks Tree Trimming Company 

Coming off of a record-breaking year for rain — and snowfall in the Sierras — a lot of people are ready for some sun. As we make our way through the June gloom, though, it’s important to take a look at the trees in your yard. If the unending rain left some of your trees a bit waterlogged, it’s a good idea to get them in shape so that they can take advantage of the summer sun that just has to be right around the corner.

Here are some steps you can take to care for trees that have gotten too much water.

Assess the situation: Determine the extent of waterlogging and the duration the tree has been submerged. The longer the exposure to water, the greater the potential damage.

Remove excess water: If possible, drain or pump out any standing water around the tree to minimize further saturation. Be careful not to damage the tree’s root system while doing this.

Improve drainage: If poor drainage is the underlying issue, consider improving it by creating channels or installing drainage pipes to divert excess water away from the tree’s root zone.

Avoid compacting the soil: Do not walk or drive over the soil surrounding the waterlogged tree. Compacted soil can hinder root growth and further damage the tree’s health.

Prune damaged branches: Inspect the tree for any broken or damaged branches. Prune them using proper pruning techniques to prevent the spread of disease and allow the tree to focus its energy on recovery. If you’re not sure about proper pruning techniques, or you don’t have the proper equipment to get the job done, give us a call — we’ll get your beautiful trees back in shape fast.

Maintain proper moisture levels: After waterlogging, it’s crucial to strike a balance between providing adequate moisture and preventing overwatering. Monitor the soil moisture content by gently probing the soil with a garden trowel or moisture meter. Ideally, the soil should be moist but not waterlogged.

Improve aeration: Promote better soil aeration by gently loosening the soil around the tree, being careful not to damage the roots. This can help improve oxygen flow to the roots, aiding in their recovery.

Apply organic matter: Adding organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure to the soil surface can help improve soil structure and drainage over time. However, avoid piling it directly against the tree trunk.

Monitor and be patient: Keep a close eye on the tree’s condition over time. It may take several months or even years for a waterlogged tree to fully recover. Look for signs of new growth, such as budding or leaf expansion, as positive indicators of recovery.

If you are unsure about the severity of the damage or the appropriate care needed, give us a call. We’re here to help!