Drought in the Summer in Fletcher, NC
Drought is a major contributor of damage to trees both in short term ways, and long term ways. Short term damage caused by drought usually comes in the form of wilting, defoliation, root weakening, and sometimes death of limbs in the crown. However, long term damage typically occurs several years after drought and inspires changes like branch breaking. It’s worth stating that drought naturally weakens our trees, and shrubs. This produces a favorable environment for insects, fungi, and diseases to take up residency. Even with a lack of water, the trees trunk is more susceptible to splitting, cracking, and breaking in bad weather. Furthermore, insects and pests will have an easier time eating through the trees branches, twigs, trunk, and bark due to its reduced vigor.
Dieback is one of the most common effects of drought in a long term sense. The death of select roots in the soil do to dryness is the cause of dieback. With the threat of drought trees have significant trouble covering various wounds on their body. This means that disease will also be able to infiltrate the tree at an alarming rate. One of the most common results of drought is the development of canker disease in trees.