One of the primary remedies for major tree damage is structural pruning, meaning the intentional remove of significant limbs to control decay, disease, and pest infestation, while planning a direction for stable new growth. If you have a two hundred year old oak tree in your yard, you enjoy benefits and value that you can never replace in your lifetime. Planning to redirect or assist healthy growth may extend the life of a tree for another hundred years. Another area of possible relief may be prioritizing and organizing the landscape. To the trees, plants, and grass that inhabit your yard, its a jungle out there. The fight for limited ground water and nutrients is real, especially during drought. Fortunately, there's a great deal that can be done, and fairly inexpensively, to retain ground water. Mulch, properly used, can save 70% of ground water from evaporation. Take a look at our Free Wood Chips page for more mulch information. The homeowner has strategies available to save trees. Don't buy a home with a $20,000 tree and then sell the home with a bare yard and a stump--trees have major value, otherwise developers wouldn't spend a fortune planting those filthy Bradford Pears all over Sacramento. (Read the Bradford Pear blog entry.)
Proper trimming, crown shaping and reduction, weight reduction, limb cut-back, and thinning, can help pull a lot of trees through a hard, drought summer. Don't wait until your trees are brown to get help. Like animals, a dead tree can't be brought back. The signs are usually quite apparent, long before death occurs. Call an arborist.