If you're living under current drought restrictions, you might be focusing your attention on your lawn. Proper drought care is important for your lawns, but that's not the only area of your landscaping that needs help when water is scarce. If you have trees on your property, they need special care during the drought, as well. If you haven't hired a tree service yet, now's the time to do that. A tree service will help to keep your trees healthy and strong throughout the drought.
Monitor for Signs of Distress
During a drought, trees can undergo significant stress. Unfortunately, stressful situations destroy trees, even healthy ones. This is especially true during droughts when trees aren't able to get the water they need. If you don't know how to identify tree stress, you might miss important signs. That's where a tree service comes into the picture. Your tree service will provide routine monitoring to identify signs of stress. Some of those signs may include wilting, loss of leaves, and bark cracks. If your tree service provider identifies signs of stress, they can take immediate action to protect your trees.
Install Drip Watering System
If you're living in a region that's affected by the drought, and you can't provide adequate water for your trees, it's time to install a drip system. One of the benefits of installing a drip system is that you can put your limited water supply right where it can do the most good, which is directly around the base of your trees. Not only that, but the drip system will help to avoid water waste. If you're not sure how to install a drip system, your tree service can take care of the installation for you.
Ensure Moisture Retention
If you're dealing with a drought, and unseasonably hot temperatures, you have two issues to worry about. First, you need to make sure your trees get enough water to stay healthy. Second, you need to make sure that the water you provide doesn't evaporate. The drip system described above will take care of the first issue. The second issue can be addressed by having your tree service place a fresh layer of mulch around all of your trees. Mulch helps to ensure proper moisture retention by blocking out the sun.
Provide Proper Pruning
Finally, if you want to protect your trees during the drought, you need to keep up with the pruning. You might think that you shouldn't prune trees during a drought, but that's not necessarily true. You shouldn't prune healthy growth during a drought. However, if you see damaged or diseased branches on your trees, you should contact a tree service right away. Pruning those branches will help to protect the rest of the tree from drought damage.