Sunday, January 25, 2009

Dying Tree

The tree out the front of our house, on the nature strip is dying. Going from the leaves it's just about dead. When the wind blows we can hear the leaves of the tree tinkling like a wind chime.

I was told this tree is a Western Australia Iron Bark gum tree. As you can see the tree isn't small by any means. It was there when we bought our house 10 years ago and it was big then.

Leaves are looking so dry and on a windy day, our front veranda is covered in dead gum leaves.

Close up of the sap the tree leaches out. This helps to stop plants growing up the trunk of the tree. Also around the base of the tree on the soil, the sap helps to keep other growth away from the tree.

I looked for signs of damage to the tree and other than the photos I have posted here, I couldn't see anything out of the ordinary.

So we have no idea why the tree is dying as all the other trees in the area are going fine. I am guessing maybe it is from our drought. Council has painted markings on the foot path near it. So we are guessing sometime down the track, the tree will be removed.

Very sad to see trees dying from the drought.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Scarecrow said...

Hi Lucky
This is sad isn't it! I heard on the radio the other day that established trees need (at least) 200 litres of water every wonder they are so stressed and dying around us.

All the best for this week's heatwave!

SubtropicalHappiness said...

Our Iron Barks bleed like that at regular intervals. We are loosing one and it is because the underground water table it tapped into has dropped so low it doesn't get the moisture or nutients it needs. So sounds like yours is doing the same. It is sad to see a strong bold tree like that die.

Lucky-1 said...

Scarecrow, it going to be so hot this week isn't it?

Wow 200 ltrs of way its getting that here:(

Lucky-1 said...

Oh what a shame to be loosing a tree as well, Rhonda. It is sad that we have to watch them die like they are...... :(