Trees Suffering From Dry Summer

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- We aren’t the only ones dealing with the heat and dryness this summer. And it’s happening right out side our windows.

Arborists at Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden have been working extra hard to water plants and trees that have received little help from mother nature. Klehm says that aside from grass, trees should get extra attention during these dry times. According to arborists, one home test to check your trees is take a wired coat hanger and stick it in the ground near your tree.

John Richards, Arborist, says, "Rub your fingers across the rod and if it comes off as mud then you know it's adequately watered. If it crumbles and your fingers don't even get dirty from it, you probably need to add some water. So, it's a real inexpensive, good, accurate tool to check moisture on each tree."

Richards also suggest when watering smaller trees, you should use three-to-five inches of mulch to keep moisture.


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