You knew Redding, CA and all of Shasta County was in the midst of a drought. But did you realize just how dangerous it has become? According to the National Integrated Drought Information System, the intensity of the drought has reached Level D4 – Exceptional Drought (which is the highest level). The ongoing drought affects fields, vegetation, orchards, and even the honey harvest. And the beautiful trees surrounding your home and property. 

What can you do to help your trees survive and recover from drought? Here are a few practical things you can do right now to ensure their survival.  

Inspect your trees for drought damage

The lack of water and parched soil can take a serious toll on your tree’s overall health and life span. You’ll need to do an inspection to assess the damage. Look for signs of branches dying, the tree canopy thinning out, and leaves that are dry, scorched, curling, or prematurely coloring before autumn. 

Properly water and mulch your trees

If you suspect your trees are suffering from drought, it’s time to up your efforts in watering. Water your trees in the morning—the water can absorb more effectively. Aim to saturate a depth of 12 inches. You can use a sprinkler or a slow trickle from the hose—you want to water as slowly as possible. Try using a 5-gallon bucket with a few holes poked through the bottom. Fill it with water, let it slowly empty, and then repeat by moving the bucket around the root zone.  

Mulching can help the soil retain moisture. Keep mulch 4 inches out from the trunk and about 4 inches thick.  

Plant drought tolerant trees

Another option is to be proactive—invest in drought tolerant trees that thrive in Northern California (Hardiness Zone 9). At A-1 Tree Service & Stump Removal, our local tree service professionals can help you find small trees (Western Redbud, Crepe Myrtle, Pomegranate) and large trees (California Sycamore, American Red Maple, Cataline Cherry Tree) that are drought tolerant and enhance curb appeal.

Enlist the help of a certified local tree service

A certified arborist is trained to cultivate, maintain, and restore trees. They can perform a careful examination of your trees, diagnose any issues, and advise you on how best to restore them back to health. An arborist can be your greatest ally in helping your trees recover from drought.   

At A-1 Tree Service & Stump Removal, we proudly serve Shasta County residents and have built a solid reputation in Redding, CA as tree experts. We are ready to assist you with professional tree services and landscaping tasks—and provide you with guidance on how to care for your trees during a drought. We offer 24/7 emergency service and free estimates. Call us today!