Inspecting Flood Damaged Trees

Even under the best of circumstances, half of a tree’s living tissue is under the soil and out of sight. Since the root system is the portion of a tree most adversely affected by flooding, signs of flooding damage in the canopy are usually delayed. As a guiding element, in a long-term flooding situation, you should expect that some level of damage has occurred to the root system as a result of low oxygen conditions. 

What can you do about flooded trees?

Water is critical to the growth and survival of trees. We often discuss what happens when trees and other plants become dry, but what happens when trees are submerged during short or prolonged periods of flooding? This publication addresses common issues experienced when there is an overabundance of water present near trees.