EXTENSION CONNECTION: Excessive water can doom trees

Published: Monday, October 7, 2013 at 10:52 AM.

Little can be done to combat damage caused by soil saturation. However, it is important to enable the tree to conserve its food supply by resisting pruning and to avoid fertilizing until the following growth season.

Mulch removal will aid in the availability of soil oxygen. It is a “wait and see” process. While water is essential to trees’ survival, it can also be a detriment when it is excessive.

Sheila Dunning is a Commercial Horticulture Extension agent at the Okaloosa County Extension office in Crestview.

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