Dry Weather Affects Area Trees

By Forrest Sanders | 

While the Midwest has experienced flooding, here in the Bluegrass State, there's not a drop of water to spare. This year's drought has severely affected area treas.

That means more leaves on the ground and less shade in the summer heat.

The heat's taken it's toll on Bowling Green resident Sara Bennet's backyard greenery.

"You're not really supposed to water plants in the day as hot as it is. So, I've been waiting until night to water," explained Bennet.

"Today, I decided that it was cool enough that I could water the trees, at least," she added.

But she's hoping a heavy sprinkle is enough to save her trees from falling victim to the summer drought.

"We're watering madly to keep from losing a locusts and a water birch," explained Sara.

It's a problem felt throughout Kentucky this summer, with the heat causing once green leaves to turn shriveled and brown.

"Trees have a normal defense mechanism. They'll shed their leaves and so forth, but we will lose a lot of trees this time, and we won't know until this spring how bad this drought has affected us," said Darryl Harris of Harris Tree Service.

Darryl is very aware of the distress trees are experiencing in the summer heat. He's been pruning dead branches to take away some significant weight.

And that's a step Darryl says you should take before a major storm arrives to test the strength of your trees' limbs.

"You need to get out, and get the work done that you need to get done," he said.

But according to Darryl, a little pruning is all you can do to save your trees in the midst of a county-wide water shortage. Sara says to just save what you can.

"Pick out what you think is the best, and you know you can't water it all. So, just water what you think is best," she advised.

Darryl adds that with many trees weak from the summer heat, now might be a good time to plant new ones.

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