The summers in Georgia can be taxing, not just for the people but also for the animals and plants in the area. If you plant native trees, you may not have to worry as much about the summer heat. However, with the climate changing, it may be too hot for some of your mature trees and you’ll need to water them regularly. Otherwise, your trees may have discolored leaves or lose their leaves entirely. Excessive heat also harms their root structure and makes trees more vulnerable to insects and diseases.
There are many reasons for discolored leaves. In fact, leaf discolorations are often blamed on insects or disease, but the cause could be excessive heat or drought conditions. Unfortunately, the symptoms may not appear until years later, which is why it’s so important to keep monitoring the moisture level of your soil. If your tree is suffering from excessive heat, you may notice a gradual discoloring of the leaves. It’s also possible that most or all the leaves become discolored suddenly.
If the heat is extreme, trees may even begin to shed leaves. That’s one way for them to conserve water, although leaf shedding is often a last resort for a tree. It’s important to understand that all trees have the capability to shed leaves, but some trees will do so sooner than others.
Every tree has roots located near the top of the soil. These roots absorb moisture near the soil. When it’s too hot outside, these roots can’t survive. Eventually, this can damage the root structure of a tree. If your trees are mature, you probably won’t notice the effects of drought conditions right away. Unfortunately, a tree that has suffered severe heat may exhibit a loss of foliage in later years or experience growth stunts. Another concern is that excess heat can make your trees more vulnerable to disease and attacks from insects.
It’s not unusual for daytime temperatures to stay above 95 degrees for a prolonged period of time. This type of heat isn’t a problem if it only lasts for a few days, but Georgia summers are long. If you don’t water your trees during these times, these drought conditions will turn your trees into a target for insects. Drought weakens the trees and even makes them more likely to succumb to disease.
When you notice that the leaves are getting discolored, you may only think that a disease or insect was the cause. However, in many cases, there are secondary causes, and heat and drought conditions were the real reason that your tree got sick.
It’s possible that one or more of your trees have insect infestations or diseases because they were exposed to drought conditions. It’s possible they suffered through severe heat a few years ago, maybe before you owned the property. If the tree can’t be restored to health, it’s best to consider professional tree removal in Marietta, GA. A diseased tree may eventually fall over and cause property damage in the process, and having it removed is the safer option.