In February, Texas experienced an historic freeze event that plunged temperatures to record lows and kept them there for extended periods of time. We have received dozens of tree and landscape claims involving freeze damage to commercial properties. Unfortunately, most people do not know that one of the most effective ways to treat freeze damage to trees is through deep root fertilization, and the best time to assess your trees and apply this treatment is now.
HMI is proud to have a network of industry leading experts who understand that freeze damage can be treated, and that proper application is critical to the survival of the affected trees. Leaving affected trees untreated can result in significantly weakened trees that may not be able to tolerate the summer storms. This means that large limbs and trees will begin to fall under high winds and the weight of rain.
Arbor Masters, one of our expert Authorized Members assisting in Dallas, has recommended: “take advantage of the current spring season timing to ensure your tree is getting the proper nutrients to put on the necessary compensatory growth while protecting against any opportunistic insects that may invade- all before the hot, dry Texas weather arrives. “ Even trees that make it through storm season will eventually die prematurely from the stress of the freeze events.
Commercial properties may be particularly at risk, if not evaluated by certified arborists who know what to look for, and how to apply the correct treatments. Left untreated, large stands of trees on golf courses, resorts, and commercial properties can quickly become a liability. Arbor Masters points out “When it comes to proper tree fertilization, sometimes surface granular fertilization is not enough. Although beneficial for turf, the nutrients more than likely will not reach the deeper root systems of established trees when applied using this method. For this reason, it is important to utilize high pressure soil injection equipment that probes past the first four inches of soil occupied by the root system of grasses to get down to the area of high-density absorbing roots responsible for transporting nutrients to the tree’s canopy.”
HMI is standing by to help you figure out what the next step is to treat your freeze damaged trees through deep root fertilization. Acting now can save the trees that make the character of the property they are on and mitigate losses during storm season from sick and dying trees.
Contact us now for a free consultation, and, to receive the expert assistance you need to ensure your trees not only survive but thrive!