Factors to consider before replacing dead trees
After the devastating summer heat, homeowners are worried that their trees may not survive. There is a good chance that millions of trees in the state will die in the next few years because of the drought.
“People are just going to be shocked at the number of trees that will die in the next few years. If you go down a foot in the soil, it is very dry due to the drought and usually that area will have some moisture. Some of these trees have roots that go down beyond one foot but majority of the trees do not. Many of them have surface roots. These are the ones that may not survive in the long run,” said Louis Flory, owner of Kingwood, TX based Ability Tree Experts.
These dead trees will need replacement. Here at Ability Tree Experts, we receive many calls daily asking the best ways to replace these trees. Here are some factors to consider before replacing dead trees.
1. Research tree species
Various tree species handle drought and prolonged heat conditions differently. It is important that you do extensive research into different tree species’ heat and water tolerance, and longevity before deciding to plant them in your yard. This summer’s record drought has shown that trees with high tolerance do much better.
2. Consider tree location and size
Trees add cool refreshing quality to properties. They beautify the landscape and add value to the home but planting the wrong tree in the wrong location can be damaging to the trees and costly to property owner. Planting deep-rooted and tall trees close to the house or under electric wires is dangerous and costly to the homeowner. Consider the size of the trees and the location before planting trees.
3. Contact your city or state forestry officials
Most cities and municipalities in Texas have ordinances governing tree cutting and replanting. Before deciding to cut down dead trees or plant new ones, contact your local government to understand their requirements. In addition, most cities offer help with removing dead trees. This could save you a lot of money if you live in one of those cities. Some states make free seeds available to homeowners with large areas that need replanting. Contact your state’s forestry department to see if you qualify.