In this WTOP article, Lou Meyer of Davey's Chesapeake office talks about the potential impacts standing water can have on a tree and its root system.
Standing water can damage or drown tree roots after about a week, warns an arborist from Chesapeake Bay, Maryland.
“Trees breathe through their roots, like you and I breathe through our lungs,” said Lou Meyer, assistant district manager of the Davey Tree Expert Company. “A full week of standing water — that’s when you need to get really concerned.”
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The Davey Tree Expert Company, established in 1880 and headquartered in Kent, Ohio, provides research-driven tree services, grounds maintenance and environmental consulting for residential, utility, commercial and environmental partners in the U.S. and Canada. With 11,000 employees, Davey Tree is the eighth largest employee-owned company in the U.S.