Seeds: Trees need extra TLC during drought

In this article from the Sacramento Bee, Davey's Matt Morgan tells readers why it is so important to take care of their trees during times of drought. 

Published: August 23, 2014

By Debbie Arrington 

Walk down almost any residential street in Sacramento and you’ll see the cumulative effects of this dry, dry year. Often in the middle of a brown lawn stands a very sad, droopy tree.

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Once drought restrictions are lifted, the lawn can be renewed or replaced in a matter of weeks. But the tree? It took decades to grow that size. Any replacement will need several years to reach that same potential shade and stature.

Certified arborist Matt Morgan of Davey Tree Expert Company has seen the toll on his daily rounds in Sacramento. Coastal redwoods look crisp around the edges. Birches have gone golden or dropped their leaves altogether.

“Tulip trees are starting to get stressed out as well,” Morgan said. “Browning is a big issue. The oaks and native sycamores are still doing really well, but they’re native trees. They were made for drought.”

Morgan is particularly concerned about lawn trees, those trees that were planted in the middle of turf that right now may not be getting watered.

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