FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Bedford Hills, NY.
July 21, 2010 — Bedford Hills, NY — Record breaking temperatures and below average rainfall have taken a toll on landscapes throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. Most of the area has received less than 1/4 the normal precipitation for this time of year — some locations receiving even less.
Charred lawns are evidence of this. If not properly irrigated, what was once a lush, green lawn has most likely become a brown, hay-like patch. A lesser known fact is that severe heat can also take a toll on trees and shrubs. They depend heavily on water and without the necessary rain, they are becoming increasingly stressed. Patrick Parker, Plant Health Care Director for SavATree, indicated, “The tell-tale signs of stress — drooping, yellowing or scorched leaves are appearing on landscapes and we have received many phone calls from area residents concerned about the health of their trees.” He added, “Tree stress can allow more serious secondary conditions such as insects or diseases to proliferate, placing plants in a state of decline.”
While most healthy trees will not immediately die as a result of drought, it’s imperative that careful attention be paid to maintaining optimum growing conditions because the addition of a second stress factor during the two or three years following drought could be detrimental to their health.
About SavATree: SavATree, the green choice for tree service and lawn care, provides environmentally sensible tree, shrub and lawn care services to residential, commercial, historic, government properties and more in select parts of CT, DC, MA, MD, NJ, NY, PA and VA. Services include: tree pruning, tree fertilizer, insect control, tree disease and more. Organic, traditional and hybrid options are available.