Trees taking hidden damage in summer heat



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Posted on August 22, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 22 at 10:27 PM

CARROLLTON — For Jane Harmon, the roots tell all.

She said her efforts to water her elm trees weren't enough.

"We've been trying to balance between taking care of what God's given us and being careful with the water supply," Harmon said.

There is another concern: Another tree that's now leaning on her house. She's going to have that one cut down.

"It's terribly disheartening to me," Harmon said. "I love this wooded neighborhood. I love the shade these trees provided."

Arborist Tyson Woods says appearances can be deceiving. "You would look at the tree and say, 'That's about to break,'" he said, adding that unless you give trees a deap soak every few weeks, internal problems are likely.

"The damage that has been done will not always be visible now; it will show up next summer, the summer after, down the road," Woods said.

The big lesson from this is: Don't believe what you see. Just because a tree looks green, it may still be really stressed to the point of dying.

And for Jane Harmon, that means losing not one, but two treasured parts of her home.

"By far, this is a really bad summer," Woods said.