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Your Tree May Be in Trouble If . . .

There's Frequent Standing Water

Trees are more tolerant of standing water during the winter and very early spring when they're dormant.When an area floods repeatedly over the course of several growing seasons - even if itís only to a depth of a couple of inches, affected trees may decline as their root systems gradually drown.

This situation occurs most frequently when construction projects alter the flow of runoff into previously well-drained areas.

The impact of this type of flooding is greatest when it occurs when trees are in full leaf, especially when temperatures are very warm in mid-summer. While still serious, trees are less severely impacted when flooding occurs when temperatures are cool/cold and trees are fully dormant, above right.