Reasons Why Trees Die Part III
While trees are generally marked as long-standing landmarks, sometimes they do succumb to harsh conditions. In fact, on some occasions humans can unintentionally be the cause of tree decay. While not all tree deaths are human-related, it’s important to recognize how we can offset natures taxing effects and eliminate problematic sources from our own tree care regimens as well.
Girdling roots, better known as the “silent tree killer”, can be a kiss of death for some trees. These unwanted roots arise when a roots’ oxygen source has been cut off. Deep planting, excess soil, and concealed packaging can lead to a girdling roots crisis. If the roots are left untreated, the tree falls susceptible to defoliation, terminal branches, and overall decline.
When soil isn’t properly drained, the chances of phytophthora taking hold of tree roots is exponentially increased. When this tree disease is left unresolved, tarnished foliage and crown dieback occur.
Caused when bacteria infect twigs, fire blight can leave trees extremely debilitated. As the twigs continue to dieback, the tree runs the risk of decaying and losing its overall health.
As the name suggests, this herbicide product intends to kill. Unfortunately, its properties can severely weaken tree roots when used in excess. So long as adequate uses are administered, your tree’s well-being won’t be at risk.