Years of drought-like conditions taking toll on area trees - KCTV5

Years of drought-like conditions taking toll on area trees

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LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) -

Several years of drought-like conditions are really taking a toll on area trees, and tree companies are racing to keep up with the extra demand.

It's the end of another long day for the Shamrock Tree Service crew out of Lawrence, KS. They've been working hard lately and that workload won't lighten anytime soon. They are booked solid for the next nine straight weeks and much of the business comes from cleaning up dying trees hit hard by the drought.

"I've been in landscaping and other aspects of biology, but have never seen it like it is," said Chris Johnson with Shamrock Tree Service.

Johnson has worked the area over the past few years and he's seen drought cycles come and go before, but never has he seen it leave behind so much damage to trees.

"I see it mostly this past year with the tops of trees dying out with maples and locusts," he said.

The company's also seeing a new trend emerge of trees that were once strong enough to ward off predatory insects that are now falling victim to them.

Johnson said if a tree is too far gone, there isn't much a person can do to save it, but people can take preventative measures to protect the trees that are still holding on.

"I'd say watch the use of over-fertilizing, or making sure you are putting down the right kind of herbicide which can mess with the soil biology," he said.

Johnson said simply watering a tree with your yard hose won't do much, so he suggests investing in a deep watering system that people can pick up at most hardware stores. He said that will help direct the water straight to the roots before it can evaporate.

If you suspect your trees are suffering from drought damage, it's best to have a certified arborists to come by and check them out.

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