Planting new trees can be frustrating at times, especially since so many things can go wrong. Tree care is hard work, and there’s certainly a learning curve as you go. Trial and error make good gardeners, so don’t get too upset if a newly planted tree dies or stops growing. Learn the primary factors that influence tree growth, and the variables that can stunt it. Then you will be on the right track to better protect and care for your landscaping trees. Continue reading to learn the four primary reasons why a tree might die or stop growing.
Lack of Sunlight
Trees require a certain degree of sunlight to grow and produce oxygen. Sunlight is food for a tree and they need it to survive. If a tree is not receiving enough sunlight, it cannot produce enough oxygen and will eventually lose its leaves and die. Sometimes a large structure or tree can block sunlight from trees, while other times its circumstances out of your control, like overcast weather and storms.
Lack of Water
Just like sunlight and oxygen, tree require water for proper nourishment and healthy growth. Water depletion in trees can be caused by droughts, water source obstruction, root damage, and more. If you suspect your tree is not receiving enough water, try to set up a routine watering schedule until the problem is solved. Contact a licensed arborist for professional service and assistance.
Pest Infestations and Tampering
Insects and animals can also be a threat to the well-being of a tree. Beetles, like the Emerald Ash Borer, and other insects, like termites, wasps, and larvae, can be detrimental to a tree. They can use up all the trees nutrients and water, leaving the tree without sustenance. Without proper nourishment, a tree will stop growing and eventually die. Also, animals like raccoons can cause tree bark damage or over-consume foliage, leaving the tree in distress, stunting its growth.