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The lack of rainfall in Austin, TX has put most trees under severe drought stress. With a drought of this magnitude it’s inevitable that some trees in Austin are going to be lost to drought stress. To prevent your landscape trees from dying from drought stress you need to keep up on a few critical tree care practices.

  1. Water: The most important task in keeping trees alive through a drought can sometimes be the most difficult to do correctly. If done improperly, watering trees will end up being a waste of time and resources. The best way to water trees is by using a soaker hose. A soaker hose releases water at a low rate. The benefit of using a soaker hose to water trees is that it allows the water to soak deep into the soil, where the tree roots are.
  2. Add mulch: Many landscapes in Austin already have mulch around their trees and shrubs. Check the mulch depth and if necessary add enough to keep the mulch level between 2 - 4 inches deep. Mulching around trees offers many benefits. In a drought one of the biggest benefits of mulch is the conservation of soil moisture. The second biggest benefit of mulch is that it moderates soil temperatures - protecting tree roots during the hot summer months. Mulching also reduces weed growth which will compete with the tree for water. Another big benefit of mulching around trees is that it keeps lawn equipment away from trees, which prevents unnecessary trunk injury to trees.
  3. Consult with an arborist before disturbing tree roots: This includes building a home addition, putting in a new sidewalk, driveway, patio, or building a new garage. Keep in mind that tree roots can extend far beyond the dripline of the tree canopy.
  4. Inspect stressed trees frequently for insect or disease pests: This may be another reason to find a local tree service or arborist. Arborists in Austin are familiar with common insect and disease pests and know what tree species are susceptible to attack. The arborist may, or may not, suggest insect or disease control treatments depending on the pest and the time of year.

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