On a routine inspection, Drew Slousky, Giroud Vice President and ISA Certified Arborist’s noticed that the tree had developed a severe case of sun scald. The top of its canopy had been removed and the tree was damaged beyond salvation.
Sunscald typically happens during the late winter and early spring months when the temperature fluctuates between warm and cold. As the tree warms up with the help of direct sunlight, the cells within the tree come out of dormancy. When the temperatures drop again, those now fully functioning cells can freeze over and die. However in the case of this Cherry tree, the inexperienced tree company had topped the tree in the heat of summer and taken away its ability to shade itself. No different than a human, direct sun exposure gave this tree such as severe sunburn that it began to decline. Months later, it is almost dead.
While all trees can experience Sunscald, woodier trees and young saplings are most vulnerable Here are some ways to protect your trees from Sunscald:
If you’re unsure how to adequately prepare yourself or your trees from the fluctuating temperatures that come in late winter and early spring, give Giroud Tree and Lawn a call and we can help you. Our trained tree care experts have an expansive knowledge on how to care for your trees all year round to make sure they’re protected no matter what season it is. Just give us a call today so we can give you peace of mind as we take care of your trees and lawn.