Trees can acquire sunburn much the same way people can. This is known as tree sunscald, and this can be quite harmful. Our tree service recommends protecting your tree from sunscald especially now that summer is right around the corner.
What Is Sunscald?
Sunlight is vital for tree growth. Too much sun, though, is counterproductive. Also, excessive heat can cause premature damage. Our tree removal service has actually removed dead and dying trees that decayed due to too much sun exposure. Vegetable crops, such as tomato and pepper plants, are also vulnerable to sunscald.
Why Sunscald is Detrimental
Sunscald can damage the bark and cause aesthetic defects. Even worse, it can erode the bark to the point where the tree’s outermost tissue is exposed. This outermost tissue is known as the cambium layer and is responsible for bark production. The cambium layer may not be able to grow bark if it becomes damaged from exposure, thus affecting its ability to heal.
An exposed cambium layer leaves the tree vulnerable to all sorts of infection and decay. Bacteria, fungi, and burrowing insects have easy access to the tree’s tissue, leading to irreversible damage.
How to Prevent Sunscald
Prevent sunscald by shielding the tree from direct sunlight. This can be done using cloth wraps. Depending on the tree species, the wraps may be applied seasonally or until the tree reaches a certain age. A tree service will determine when and how long cloth wraps should be applied.
Proper pruning is another preventive measure. Incorrect pruning exposes too many parts of the tree. This is why pruning is not a recommended DIY task and should only be handled by a certified arborist. Trees should be pruned in a certain way depending on the climate, season, and the tree’s position in relation to your property.
We’ll Protect Your Tree from Sunscald
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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