Flood-Damaged Trees

As discussed in a previous post, last week’s insane rain fall brought with it a massive amount of flooding here in Centreville and surrounding areas. Backyards became lakes and many trees suddenly found themselves trying to hold their ground in the middle of a rushing river:

Tree in flooded river

In some cases flooding can damage trees so badly that they need to be removed for the safety of you and your family. If you think you might be facing this situation, you need to contact a good tree removal company in Centreville to come out and assess the situation. Those of you who’s trees survived the flooding may now be breathing a sigh of relief. But unfortunately, flooding can cause a lot of damage to trees that is not immediately evident. It can be a month or even a year before visible symptoms start occurring. The following presentation from the Iowa State University explains the damage flooding can have on trees and the symptoms to look for:

Understanding the Effects of Flooding on Trees

A frequently asked question during the spring of 2008 as torrential rains and overflowing rivers plagued much of the Midwest was “how long will trees tolerate flooding before injury results?”…

Fortunately, a tree that has been damaged by flooding can sometimes recover if it receives proper care. About.com has some tips for properly taking care of your damaged tree:

“Once the bark has dried out, remove any dead or damaged limbs. Be sure the limbs are actually dead and not just defoliated. The U.S. Forest Service recommends feeding with a low nitrogen fertilizer, to encourage new growth. You can also mulch the soil under the tree to stabilize conditions around the roots and, odd as it may seem, make sure the tree receives water should the weather become especially dry. What you don't want is for the tree to be exposed to one extreme after another.”

As long as the tree is not obviously dead and doesn’t have limbs hanging precariously from it, you should be fine to let it stay around for awhile. Time will tell whether or not recovery is possible.