While living in Parker Colorado offers a country feel with the
amenities of living close to major city , there is no doubt that
parts of Parker and Douglas County are windier and drier than
its northern neighbors such as Aurora or Centennial.
What this means is they can dry out. Give em a sip of water or dry pines
and declining spruce become pine beetles next tasty treat.
“It’s amazing to see the effects on a conifer that is dry and
receives a proper winter watering,” Drew Maestas, a specialist in pine tree care, said.
Hardwoods and conifers differ in the way they pull water.
Hardwoods, like ash and maple, pull water quickly and easily as they have larger “pipes.”
Conifers pull water more slowly because their “pipes” are smaller.
To visualize it using plumbing pipe, if you have a six-inch
pipe to pull water for your shower, you’re going to have stronger
pressure then with a one- inch pipe to pull water.
“I see it as a two pronged strategy, watering and insect control,”
Matt Johnson, Communications Director for ArborScape said.
“Without the watering, trees reach dangerous drought levels making
pesticides applications less effective.”
Dry air, low precipitation, little soil moisture, and changing
temperatures are part of fall and winter in parts of Parker.
There often can be little or no snow cover to provide soil moisture,
particularly from October through March. Trees can be damaged if
they do not receive supplemental water.
The result of long, dry periods during fall and winter is
injury or death to parts of plant root systems. Affected
plants may appear perfectly normal and resume growth in the
spring using stored food energy. Plants may be weakened and
all or parts may die in late spring or summer
when temperatures rise.
Weakened plants also may be subject to insect and disease problems.