Trees Too Close Together

Trees that are too close together are all threatened by many of the problems mentioned above.

Small tree shows insect damage.All trees must have water.  In a drought year, no tree may have enough water if they are too close.  Insects may come from miles away.  Many fir stands in our region were attacked by insects in 2009 that ate the new growth.

A tree's main defense against boring bugs is to be able to ooze pitch to push the problem out.  The bug gets stuck in the healthy pitch and it drys outside the tree.  Trees that are too close do not get enough sunlight.  Space between the trees promotes not only healthy tree growth, but also other plants like shrubs, wildflowers, grass, ferns, and mosses that provide better habitat to the woodlands, animals, amphibians, insects and birds.