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February Extreme Cold Weather Event's Effect On Trees

Here are several articles discussing the effects of February’s extreme cold weather event on trees. In most cases, we recommend waiting until trees have an opportunity to respond to warmer weather. Some trees may need until late summer, even as late as September, to show signs of bouncing back. Unless a tree becomes a hazard to property or persons, continue to be patient and wait to evaluate its condition until mid to late August or even September. Healthy trees can use stored energy to rejuvenate leaves, but it may take some time.

For the most current information on what to do with trees damaged by February's cold weather event, watch as Shades of Green interviews our owner, Mr. Steve Houser with his recommendations. For additional information on what our arborists have been seeing in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, read the articles mentioned below.

The Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive beetle and on its way to Dallas.

Invasive Beetles On Way to Dallas: Emerald Ash Borers Could Be Latest Threat to Trinity Forest

This January article in The Dallas Morning News highlights the devastation the Emerald Ash Borer can cause to the Great Trinity Forest as well as private and public properties where Ash trees are found. The City of Dallas can implement a plan that will help reduce their impact.

Organic treatments are not currently effective and chemical treatments are a prohibitive solution for an urban forest the size of the Great Trinity (which is made up of up to 40% Ash trees), three experts and a city official are calling for a plan of action.

Responsible action now to implement a borer action plan will head off larger problems later.

Which one of the Live Oaks has damage from February's cold weather event?
Which one of the Live Oaks has damage from February's cold weather event?

Comparison of Canopies

Can you tell the difference between the two Live Oak canopies pictured? One of them belongs to the trunk with frost crack.

It's not always easy to see the symptoms of weather-related damage. Sometimes, you have to look closely for things that may not stand out at first glance. Here are a few of the differences that make the Live Oak canopies stand apart:

By now, I'm sure you have guessed it is the canopy on the right that belongs to the trunk pictured with frost crack. We have a wide array of industry-related and educational articles in our library! Looking for something specific? Select from one of the many article categories below.

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