In Texas’ worst drought on record, trees dying by the millions

“It is a challenging time, especially to bring awareness to our consumers and businesses how critical our drought has impacted our reservoirs,” said Denise Hickey, spokesperson for the North Texas Municipal Water District. “As we’re planning to move through this drought period, we’re also planning and initiating additional strategies to bring additional sources online.”

 

The diminished water supply forced many counties to put residents under water restrictions indefinitely.

 

The Texas Forest Service says the drought may have killed as much as 10 percent of the state’s trees. That’s 500 million trees.

 

Some trees in your yard might look dead, but tree experts say don’t cut them down yet. They still might come back in the spring and you should continue watering them.

 

“A lot of trees are dormant and a lot of trees go dormant early when there’s a drought situation. And they kind of do that for a defense mechanism,” said Matt Grubisich, urban forester for the Texas Trees Foundation. “Most municipalities still let you use a soaker hose, and that is a very adequate way to be able to still water your trees.”

 

Forecasters expect the drought to last through at least June.

 

“It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” said Grubisich

 

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