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Spring’s Effect on Your Evergreen Trees

Throughout the months of March, April, and May, St. Louis experiences spring. Spring comes with the melting snow of winter and the rains of its own season. This weather takes a toll on a number of different plants, one being evergreen trees. These plants can be severely affected by the season’s rainfall and winds, so it’s important to be prepared and informed. 

In the following post, we will be discussing the relationship between spring weather and evergreen trees and how to approach these situations. 


Signs of Uprooting 

Evergreen trees are a variety of sizes, ranging anywhere from twenty feet to sixty feet tall. This being said, uprooting is commonly noticed when the trees start to lean. When the trees begin to uproot, it’s possible that they will start leaning to the side. 

In some cases, there are no signs you can use to tell that they’re uprooting. The process can be abrupt and sudden without warning, leaving no chance to fix the tree. 


The roots of evergreen trees are spread far out from the base of the plant. The ground above the roots tends to become oversaturated as the melting snow from winter and the new rains seep into the soil. The ground begins to lose its hold on the roots, especially when wind conditions become more severe and push trees in one direction. The ground becomes unable to hold the weight of the tree, and the roots pull up from the soil.


When it comes to uprooting, there is not much that can be done to prevent it. Weather conditions cannot be controlled, which leads to the problem of being unable to stop the uprooting of trees, specifically evergreen trees. One precaution one could take to try and keep their trees from uprooting is to use growth regulators. Growth regulators can strengthen roots and make it harder for them to slip through the soil. 


If a mature evergreen tree is caught in the process of uprooting or has already been uprooted, there is not much that can be done to save the tree. Unfortunately, the roots cannot be re-planted or saved. The next steps should be, if caught during the process, to get the tree removed safely and quickly by a professional. 

If caught early, young evergreen trees can be helped if an arborist is called as soon as signs of uprooting have been noticed. Younger trees can be corrected or treated if noticed at the right time. 



The chance of evergreen trees being uprooted increases as the season of spring begins. While there is not much to be done about this occurrence, it is important to keep yourself well informed, prepared, and aware of the conditions of your trees. 

Please contact Jackson Tree Service if you have any concerns about your evergreen trees and would like a certified arborist to take a look.