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Los Angeles Trees by Water Drought

All Trees in Los Angeles have been affected by the drought in some way.
There has just not been enough natural rain in the last five years. Also, people have shut the water off sometimes entirely off! Others have altered their trees drip line by compacting decompose granite, shocking the trees with artificial turf or replacing grass with concrete.
You might notice days your tree canopy dying back. Many trees in Los Angeles are now dangerous, with large dead limbs falling randomly. We can save most of the trees if the problem is caught in early stages. Trees must be pruned, shaped, thinned, and well hydrated. The removal of the dead wood reduces insects, infestation like termites and bark beetles.

Tree care

The following tree care tips from Sherman Oaks Tree Service will help ensure your trees health.

1. Weed
Pull any weeds that grow near the trunk of your tree.

2. Check the stake
Check the tree stake to make sure it is not rubbing or damaging the tree.

3. Mulch
Keep a 3 to 4-inch layer of mulch on the soil around your tree. Do not place any mulch up against the trunk of your tree.

4. Water
– Trees want a good long drink but not every day. A newly planted tree will need A LOT more water than one that was planted six years ago. New trees need about fifteen to twenty gallons of water once or twice a week their first month in the ground and often all the way through their first summer.
– To determine whether or not a tree needs water, dig down at least four inches and check for moisture. Remember, the surface will dry out much faster. If the soil below ground is still very wet, water less often. Since every soil’s composition and drainage can be different (even on the same property), you really need to check the soil before pouring the water.
– Mature trees will need some watering this winter, too, even if they’re California natives. But water them less frequently, perhaps just once a month. Keep in mind that you’re only trying to replace the rain water that would have fallen in an average year. Here in Los Angeles, that’s about twelve inches. For mature trees, you should be watering about nine inches from the trunk out to the edge of the farthest branches (the drip line). This is where the majority of the feeder roots are.

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