Much like the sunburn in human beings, trees can also get the sun scald. Sun scald on plants can damage the outer layer of the plant’s skin. It can lead to permanent damage and a premature decline. Being exposed to too much strong sunlight, trees can develop lesions or damaged spots, that can allow diseases to enter the plant’s system.
Tree sun scald is common in younger trees, especially in the fall when the weather changes rapidly. Trees that get sun scald on their trunks can be stunted and they may not develop as much fruit as they should.
Types of tree sun scald
Tree sun scald is usually of two types – summer sun scald & winter sun scald. Summer sun scald happens in warmer climates and affects young trees. The tissue in the bark of the trees gets so hot that sells start to die and hence affects the health of the tree.
Winter sun scald happens in colder climates when the sun heats up the bark during the day and then temperature suddenly falls at night. These rapid changes in temperature damage the cells and hence it is called winter sun scald. Both types of sun scald cause lesions or breaks in the bark and can open up into large damaged areas, if not cured.
How to prevent it?
Treating sun scald is a matter of preventing it before it starts. A number of products have been used to prevent sun scald. They all work by keeping the tree safe from the extreme temperatures. White paint can help you to save your tree by reflecting sunlight and therefore keep the bark from getting too hot. Wraps will also hold in some warmth at night, but this will have a very limited effect on the low temperature reached. During the winter, brown coloured paper wraps actually absorb heat and can increase the temperature of the bark. So it helps prevent the tree during the colder months.
Over-pruning can be a serious issue that exposes too much of a tree to sunlight. A certified tree surgeon can advise and act accordingly to prune a tree for the season, the climate, and its positioning on your property. If you’re unsure how to prune your tree, please call our tree surgeon. We cover Potters Bar, Barnet, Enfield and Finchley.
Before we proceed to our ‘title’ did you know that a snow storm can kill your trees? After a storm some people try to cut down some trees without understanding that it can lead to further damage.
If you have trees on your property, don’t attempt the work yourself always call a professional tree surgeon as there are many risks involved. With many years of experience, our professional tree surgeons can examine the situation properly and start the recovery process. We understand that trees damaged by the snow storms may be difficult to cut down, so our professionals have all the knowledge to decide and if appropriate then start the process.
Storm damage is likely to cause partial damage or damage that simply cannot be rescued.
- Tree falling on tree – These kind of trees can be safely felled using various bucking methods.
- Partially uprooted – These appear simple until you consider the danger involved in this process. Our professionals cut the open face-notch on the compression side to one-quarter of the trunk, then cut on the tension. This ensures the tree will fall at the desired time and within required safety measures.
- Uprooted and lying on the ground – There are some steps which we follow in this situation to avoid the threat of an accident on a passer by. Our professionals cut the trunk at a prescribed distance and make sure all health and safety legislation is adhered to.
There are 2 common situations. If the upper portion of the tree is broken, it presents a significant danger to any one walking past. Remember, if this happens to a stranger / guest visiting your premises, you could be opening yourself up to a law suit.
If the bottom half of the tree is broken, then the tree probably cannot be rescued so get a professional tree surgeon out asap, you cannot leave this unattended.
If you’ve any damaged tree on your property (Potters Bar, Barnet, Enfield or North London), all you have to do is make a call and you’ll be surprised with our quick response and professional service.
Having trees around the home or office adds a natural appeal to your property and can also give you a welcome element of privacy. But like everything trees do require some regular maintenance. We have heard many stories of homeowners who have tried to maintain trees by themselves and suffered some serious injuries as a result. Working at heights, using chainsaws or any other equipment related to tree services without having attended and completed the right training courses is extremely dangerous.
If you are a homeowner and want to maintain your trees, you should hire a professional tree surgeon rather than attempt what appears to be ‘routine work’. A professional tree surgeon, can give a proper evaluation of the tree and all its components.
Why you should use professional tree trimming service?
All the work will be carried out by the professionals and not only will the job look better, it will also allow your trees to flourish with their expert knowledge. You tree needs to have dead or decaying branches removed and experts can spot the signs of a dying tree before it is too late – in many cases. Although trees can give you privacy there comes a point where they will make your proerty feel dark and dingy because it starts to rob you of natural sunlight. You should also consider the danger aspect where poorly maintained trees can fall on yours or a neighbours property and cause damage.
There are basically three types of tree trimming:
1. Fine Pruning: is removing small limbs to improve the tree’s appearance.
2. Standard Pruning: involves a bit more heavy cutting and is done to enhance the tree’s branch structure.
3. Crown Reduction Trimming: usually involves the removal of major branches, and should only be done when there is significant dieback or storm damage.
With frequent maintenance, trees can enhance the look, feel and value of your property without decreasing the safety of your family or creating unnecessary and costly property damage. We cover Barnet, North London, Enfield, Potters bar and always keep our prices as affordable as possible so that you have a top quality, experienced and affordable option to keep your trees and garden in order. So, why not have a chat about the range of services we offer and the benefits of hiring a professional tree surgeon – we are always happy to offer advice.