Drought vs. Your TreesRecently, my homeowners are seeing a new problem – the drought is costing us a lot of trees.

This is something of a cycle.  Here in Texas, the extended drought has drastically weakened the root systems of our shade trees. Then the big autumn storms finally blow through, bringing us much-needed rain. However, the storm winds can bring down these drought-weakened trees.  At times, we can be talking about a lot-line to lot-line root ball, which can pack  a lot of damage.

So check any trees on your lot carefully.  Oaks, in particular, have shallow roots and may be more at risk.  Pine trees, with their deeper tap roots, may be less affected.  Take note of any shade trees that appear stressed, dead, or are leaning suspiciously.  Watch for trees whose root systems extend under your structures.  If you see warning signs, it is a good idea to have your trees evaluated by a professional – before a really big problem occurs!

For help in the City of West University Place, Craig Koehl, West U’s Urban Forester can be a valuable resource in evaluating drought-stricken trees.

Roger Martin