Persistent Rain Can Cause Tree Root Rot, Early Leaf Drop

In this 90.5 WESA article, Rob Kruljac of Davey's Pittsburgh office talks about the problems persistent rain can cause for trees. 

Posted: July 22, 2019

Prolonged periods of rain and over-saturation of tree roots can cause root rot, which can impact a tree’s ability to consume water and nutrients. 

Soil saturation also makes it difficult for roots to breathe. Tree Pittsburgh Director of Urban Forestry Matt Erb said a lack of oxygen can cause roots to die or become infected by bacterial or fungal pathogens and that cause root rot.

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