From Severe Drought To Record Making Flooding

By Jannie Vaught

My question is how is this going to affect the trees which took such a complete assault. So I went to” Texas A&M Forest Service, flood and trees what to do”. You can see this on the internet. Flooding is a catastrophic event and can take years for trees to return to normal.

How does flooding kill trees?

Roots need oxygen to survive and prolonged saturation will create an oxygen barrier to the root system, intimately killing some roots or even the entire root system. Fast-moving debris can girdle a tree by knocking off the bark and vascular system, and will not be able to provide water to the crown or sugars to the roots. Complete submersion of the canopy will suffocate the tree and kill it! Timing and duration is critical killing in a few days, longer if it is in a dormant state.

What can be done for trees that have had been stripped of bark?

Stapling black roofing felt around the affected area may allow the cambium tissue to repair. If sediment has deposited over the root area and on the main trunk carefully clear away as much as possible so the root flare is free of debris. Carefully aerate the soil and trim any dead or broken branches. Remember timing is critical and if the bark is stripped off the treatment needs to be immediate. Your trees are an important investment and worth tending. Some trees are more resistant and there is a list on the site. As we are in fall and will be coming into the time that trees go to sleep it is still important to watch for yellowing leaves and tip die.

And trees may fail in the years to come due to root issues. Last week was the topic of roots and this week is “Shoots” because fall into early winter is “Roots and Shoots” Leafy green vegetables are shoots with edible leaves, here’s a list. Kale, mustard green, collard green, the tops of beets, turnips, bok choi, the leaves of broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. And don’t forget spinach. This is just a hint of the shoots we can grow here.

The varieties are abundant and this is the time to grow them. There are mixed greens with a hot spicy kick or mild like collards. Early lettuce and even blackeye peas will produce into the colder times. Are you too late to plant now,? It’s on the edge of planting time but planting is always up to the gardener? I say give it a try, as I have replanted some rows already and wouldn’t hesitate to put some seeds in the ground. Even though this has been a deeply sad and devastating flooding event it is a small wonder that our garden is producing at an almost miraculous state of fullness, a testament to the ability of nature to recover and continue to provide for us.

Out Growing Green with Jannie