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Keeping Trees Healthy During the Drought

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There's no doubt the drought has had an impact on trees all over the west. In Pasadena, California Tuesday, a 75-foot high tree fell over injuring eight kids near a museum. And the best explanation is that it was old the roots were weak. That's something we should take note of. Here in Nevada, arborists are busier than ever with calls on sick trees, trees with infestations and just concerns when trees don't look quite right.

"We are just as busy in a drought as we are when there's no drought," says Dan Olmer with American Arborists in Reno. "We are actually booking at least a month out right now we are so busy."

And he says once trees are pruned, dead wood is taken out. The next most important thing is water. They all have different requirements so relying on a sprinkler is never enough to keep them strong.

"We have wind here in Northern Nevada. Stronger winds than a lot of other areas. It can come up from nowhere and if trees don't have a strong root system it can knock them over. Trees have feeder roots and they have anchor roots and they both have to be strong for a good platform for the tree and to keep trees healthy."

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