What Are Zombie Trees, and Why Should Temple, Texas Be Concerned?
Spring is Coming
We are halfway through the month of February here in Central Texas with a majority of the winter weather and freezing in the rear view mirror (hopefully). With the spring season approaching, you might want to keep your eyes on the trees on or around your property. This area was plagued with zombie trees this past year, and it may happen again.
What is a Zombie Tree?
With a hard freeze like we had last February, a lot of the trees here in the state of Texas have really taken a beating. They are not used to that kind of cold weather, so the trees can actually die inside, just like a lot of us do in cold weather. The trees don’t understand they are dead and still try to do the normal spring time blooming… but it's not pretty.
How to Spot a Zombie Tree
It's easy to not notice subtle changes in the trees you have in your yard because you see them every day. This past year you may have seen a lot of trees around your neighborhood start to bloom, but something was off. Sometimes they won’t really bloom, or they may start to bloom from the trunk or branches. The one in my yard essentially has dead branches with green stuff growing out of the trunk.
What to do?
Go get your Paul Bunyan on! That means you should grab a saw and branch trimmer and get to cutting off the dead bits. If you’re comfortable with such a task of course - safety first, folks! If you are not so inclined, then contact your local arborist to get a better idea of what you’re dealing with.
Keep an eye out for these trees, because if not taken care of they could fall and possibly cause damage, injury, or death. Watch out for the Zombie Tree-pocalypse in your neighborhood this spring!