Why are some of your trees taking longer to bud?
The weather’s getting warmer, but not everybody’s waking up to spring. If you look out at your backyard, some of your trees look dead. No leaves, no buds, just the naked branches of winter. Are they dead?! How do you know if they’re still alive? ABC Denver recently asked our owner Gabe Fielding to share some of his insight on this year’s delay in tree growth:
There are a few good explanations for why your trees may be taking longer to bloom this year…
Some buds take their time to bloom
Just like a lot of us, some trees are late bloomers! It takes a little longer to get things moving with some trees. If the spring weather is cooler than normal, the buds may not feel the seasonal change of spring. This can delay spring blossoming for weeks until the trees feel the warming effects of spring. Be patient and wait until 4th of July weekend to see if anything changes.
Late frosts can stunt canopy growth
Denver experienced some late frosts this year and that means early budding trees experienced a shock to their vascular system. Early budding species, especially fruit species, can lose their initial growth due to late frosts.
Tree diseases can delay leaf growth
Some types of diseases, like blight and decline and dieback, can delay spring flush. If trees are looking discolored and bending in unnatural directions, they may be experiencing the effects of a disease. Our Fielding team is highly qualified with a certified arborist available to every crew. We are Denver’s favorite arborists and know what treatment options are best for your trees.