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Trees Suffering From Lack Of Moisture

July 28, 2012, 9:59 PM by Kelly Bartnick

Trees Suffering From Lack Of Moisture

It may have cooled down, but it's still dry. And while you're probably paying attention to your flowers and lawn, garden experts say you may be ignoring another valuable asset in your yard, the trees.

All signs point to fall in yards across KELOLAND. Trees starting to shed because of the hot dry weather.

“They'll start to drop interior leaves and the interior leaves are the ones a tree has said, 'I can't hold on to you anymore. You're not doing work and I don't have enough water to keep you on,’” Erik Helland from Sioux Falls Landscape Garden Centers said.

Helland says trees are some of the most overlooked plants in people's yards. You depend on them for shade and don't notice they're in trouble until it's too late.

His staff is trying to stay ahead, watering non-stop to halt the wilting from the hot July weather.

At parks across Sioux Falls, signs point to stress. Leaves are dropping and the further a tree's roots are from a major water source the worse it get.

“They're getting to the point where they're depleting all of the moisture that's available in the soil,” Helland said.

Helland says if rain comes, the trees will also come back and leaves will perk up. But as more and more cities heighten water restrictions, if you have to choose, opt for your leaves over your lawn.

“If you can just put the garden hose on them, just a slow trickle to fill in those cracks about five to ten minutes each tree once a week would be great,” Helland said.

But remember Helland says a dead lawn takes less than a month to get back in shape but a dead tree can take a lifetime.

New trees with less established root systems are particularly susceptible. But Helland says that doesn't mean you can't plant new ones. They'll just need a little extra care and plenty of extra water.

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