Hot Dry Weather = Landscape Stress!
Stress on your lawn
Local arborists and landscapers have reported an increase in stressed lawns due to on-going drought-like conditions. "The grayish-blue tint indicating struggling turf has become evident in improperly irrigated lawns and in malnourished lawns," stated Matt Lindner, Director of Lawn Care for SavaLawn. He added, "We are seeing many homeowners with brown patches, chinch bug damage and crab grass, which can invade turf during times of excessive heat and stress." Turfgrass experts at Cornell stated, "Scattered storms have not appreciably helped local drought-like conditions and during the peak of summer it is not uncommon to experience water loss of .25" per day." This can cause many turf varieties in non-irrigated areas to continue to brown out and make room for weeds. Early out break of summer patch is also expected.Learn how you can restore your lawn.
Stress on your trees and shrubs
Area trees and shrubs are also experiencing drought stress as they become increasingly dehydrated due to their heavy dependency on water. Patrick Parker, Plant Health Care Director for SavATree, indicated, "The tell-tale signs of stressdrooping, yellowing or scorched leaves are appearing on landscapes and we have received many phone calls from area residents concerned about the health of their trees." Under the ground, the fear is that the delicate root hairs, responsible for the uptake of soil moisture and nutrients, can die. He added, "Tree stress can allow more serious secondary conditions such as insects or diseases to proliferate, placing plants in a state of decline."
Summer heat can bring violent storms!
The National Weather Service predicts an 85% chance of an above normal hurricane season in the Atlantic.
"We are seeing large limb failure on trees that were actually damaged during winter storms, but are falling now due to the added weight of new growth and foliage" noted Dane Buell, Director of General Tree Care for SavATree.
Cracks in tree trunks or limbs, leaning trees and low hanging branches are signs that, if left unchecked, could lead to tree failure and property damage during a storm.
If these problems are recognized early on, often times they can be corrected with hazard reduction pruning, cabling and bracing, lightning protection and customized nutrient programs. All trees should have frequent inspections by a qualified arborist to minimize the risk of failure.
Remember, after a severe storm, tree companies are in high demand. SavATree offers 24-hour emergency tree removal services for customers.
Winter moth caterpillars have crunched their way through leaves all over Massachusetts!
Based on the increased number of adult moths witnessed during this past fall, specialists at the University of Massachusetts were predicting a severe outbreak this springthey were right! In fact, SavATree arborists on the Cape, in Boston and in the suburbs have reported a more rampant problem now than in recent years and are seeing more wide-spread damage than ever before. Depending on the tree type and its health, the defoliation caused by these pests over just a few years can severely stress, or even kill a tree.
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