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Arborists: Oppressive heat killing trees at rapid rate across NJ

Arborists tell News 12 -- the fact it look likes autumn outside with all the dry leaves falling over -- its a bad sign of things to come.

News 12 Staff

Aug 2, 2022, 11:56 PM

Updated 689 days ago

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The consistent heat across the state is doing severe damage to trees, as they’re dying at a rapid rate.
Arborists tell News 12 -- the fact it look likes autumn outside with all the dry leaves falling over -- its a bad sign of things to come.
"This period of heat and dry is one of the worst timed events if you will because there are so many existing stressors," said certified arborist John Lang.
Experts say it seems we've got a perfect storm of conditions which has led to the damage.. Some of the most at risk trees are those under three-years-old and lots of people were planting new trees during the pandemic.
The trees aren't the only ones suffering either. Bushes and grass are also drying up and dying off.
Lang says one way to protect the plants is putting down fresh new mulch.
"Not only does it cool the soil when it's hot and it helps hold that moisture that you have introduced by watering," he said.


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