Evergreens Not as Green due to Drought

By Rachel Martin

August 30, 2012 Updated Aug 30, 2012 at 7:22 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – It seems that evergreen trees aren't quite as green this year, and experts say you can thank the drought for that.

It's obvious the damage the drought has done to our yards, but have you noticed the trees? Ricky Kemery, a horticultural educator from the Purdue Extension Office, says the conditions have not been ideal for these types of trees for the past several years, and the hot and dry conditions this year just made things worse.

He says evergreens are more susceptible to damage and disease in drought conditions and it seems blue spruce trees have been hit the hardest in Allen County.

Kemery says signs of disease are dead areas or brittle needles on the tree, white sap running down the branches, or seeing tiny bugs called "spider mites.” He says often the needles will be dry, discolored, and brittle. In certain types of trees, like blue spruce, one they lose their needles, they will never grow back. Despite the drought, it may not be too late to save them, but you’ll need help to do it.

“You're probably better off consulting with a certified arborist that can come out and look at the problem and offer solutions on spraying and treating the trees so that they can remain as healthy as possible,” he said.

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