Why is My Tree Not Growing?

Date September 22, 2020


Author TreeNewal Staff

Are you trying to grow a tree, but worried about tree health because your favorite tree on your property doesn’t seem to be growing? Or, are you looking to plant new trees at your home or commercial property, and looking for something that will grow fast, either for increased shade or aesthetic appeal?

As ISA-Certified Arborists and a professional tree services company, we commonly hear from homeowners and commercial properties who are concerned that their trees aren’t growing properly. To help you out, we’ve created this blog post to share some of the most common reasons a tree isn’t growing properly, as well as to provide a list of fast-growing trees for the Dallas area if you are looking for a tree to quickly mature on your property.

The Life of a Tree Might Be Affecting its Growth

All trees have an expected life span. Some trees live for only a few decades. Others, like the live oak, can live for centuries. And just like young kids grow like weeds and eventually slow down in their late teen years, tree growth begins to slow down the older a tree gets.

If you are trying to grow a tree but it is an older or more mature tree, it’s very likely there is no tree health issue at hand causing it to grow slowly. Your tree is simply at the point of the life of a tree in which it has naturally stopped growing as quickly as it used to.

Accidentally Over-Watering a Tree Can Stunt Its Growth

When it comes to watering trees, some people think the more, the merrier. However, this simply isn’t the case.

While it’s true that newly planted trees need to be watered on a more frequent basis, established trees should be watered on a more relaxed schedule. In general, here are the rules you should follow to grow a tree and make sure you are properly watering your trees and maintaining sound tree health:

  • Water trees every 2 weeks. The only exception to this rule is during droughts, during which time trees should be watered more frequently.
  • Before watering a tree, feel the soil directly around it. If the soil is moist, the tree already has enough moisture and doesn’t currently need to be watered. Check for soil moisture again in a few days before watering your tree.
  • Water trees slowly – don’t turn on the hose at full-speed to quickly soak the soil. Instead, we recommend you use a hose with a light flow of water, or a soaker hose so that water comes out at a slow and steady pace.
  • Your trees, in general, need 10 gallons of water for every inch of trunk diameter. To determine how to properly reach this tree watering amount, multiply the tree diameter by 5 minutes to get your total watering time. Remember, the water flow should be slow.

To Grow a Tree That’s Malnourished, You Need Proper Tree Nutrition

Some trees don’t grow appropriately due to tree health issues because they are malnourished and need proper nutrition to grow and thrive. Every year, you should be applying tree fertilizer to your trees to nourish them so they will grow strong and fast.

At TreeNewal, our ISA-Certified Arborists have the perfect tree nutrition solution for you. We create our own special blend of tree fertilizer with MitoGrow™ Pellet 3-IA Application that we can apply to your trees so you can grow a tree as quickly as possible, as per the average growth per year for its species.

Additionally, some malnourished trees have a tree health issue because they are oxygen-suppressed. In this case, our team of tree care specialists can perform an Arborist function called root aeration to increase the oxygen flow to your tree.

Our Top Suggestions for Fast Growth Trees

Are you looking for a fast-growth tree that will thrive in our area, either to quickly get shade on your property or to improve your property’s curb appeal? If so, consider planting one of these fast-growing trees that grow well in the Dallas-Fort Worth area:

  • Drummond Red Maple

This Texas tree grows at a medium to fast rate. It can grow as much as 13 to 24 inches per year.

  • Desert Willow

The desert willow is definitely a fast-growth tree. It can grow between 2 to 3 feet per year, maturing to a height of around 30 feet.

  • Green Ash

Green ash trees grow quickly, up to 24 inches a year. The tree matures to be a height between 50 to 70 feet and reaches its mature size in about 25 years worth of time.

  • Chinese Parasol Tree

This popular shade tree grows fast in our climate, eventually reaching a height of about 50 feet.

  • Mexican Sycamore

The Mexcian sycamore tree’s growth rate is considered by Arborists to be “rapid.” The tree can grow several feet taller in a single year.

  • Montezuma Bald Cypress

The Montezuma Bald Cypress, which is the national tree of Mexico, is both a fast-growing tree and a long-lived tree. It was recently discovered that a Montezuma Bald Cypress in North Carolina is over 2,500 years old!

  • Monterrey Oak

This tree can grow up to 2.5 feet per year, reaching a height of up to 45 feet at its maturity.

Call Us if You Have Tree Health Concerns – We’re Here to Help!

If you’re concerned about tree health because you have a tree that isn’t growing – and none of the above reasons seem to be the cause of your tree’s stunted growth – we can help. Our team of ISA-certified Arborists can inspect your tree and perform a tree assessment to determine if anything is affecting tree health that would explain its lack of growth, and prepare a list of treatment options for you. We love healthy trees, and our goal is to help your trees grow and thrive on your property so you can enjoy their shade and beauty for years to come.

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