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Drought Watch: Dead Tree Dangers

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As Stage 3 Drought Emergency gets even closer in Wichita Falls, Newschannel 6 is still looking out for you and your safety. One of the biggest concerns during this multi-year drought is plants dying in the extreme heat, especially when the plants are 30 foot trees.

Steve Smith with Smith's Gardentown Farms said, "Trees can go fairly long periods of time between watering. Most people tend to over water anyway and of course In the Winter time like we are now they need little to no watering."

Even though most species of trees in North Texas are fairly resilient, they can only take so much. If trees do start to die they can cause financial or physical damage. Smith said, "As the trees begin to deteriorate and become more brittle and the wind storms that we typically have here, then limbs can fall and do damage."

Smith added that simply removing a dead tree can cost thousands of dollars depending on the size. He recommends keeping an eye on your trees this Spring to determine if the foliage is coming in thinner than usual. If it looks like your tree needs watering, the best way to do it is with a soaker hose like a drip or bubble irrigation system. The regulations on these types of hoses are not as strict because the water goes directly into the ground. 

The city of Wichita Falls will enter Stage 3 Drought Emergency next week.

Jack Lamson, Newschannel 6