Drought takes toll on trees in Klamath Falls

Klamath Falls, Ore. –  Klamath Falls City Forester John Bellon says dry conditions are taking a toll on trees.  “I’ve seen quite a bit of tree mortality right now, and I believe most of it is related to drought stress.”

Bellon adds that falling leaves, or early changes in color may be signs of drought.  “Causing trees to yellow, tree leaves to wilt, even go into early fall or autumn conditions.”

Try to water an area as wide as the tree canopy overhead.

You can use a coffee can, or a pail as a simple gauge – after you’ve watered, and the bucket has about two inches of water, you’ve probably watered enough for one day.

“If you can slow, deep water that area, with a sprinkler, ideally, or by hand – 5 to 7 days a week, that’s ideal.”  Says Bellon.

Trees weakened by drought are also more likely to be damaged by insects or disease.

Some species of trees are more tolerant of drought conditions than others.

Contact your local nursery or arborist to find out what trees might be the best fit for your property.

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