ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–With no rain for two weeks, and hundred-degree temperatures lasting for over a week, St. Louis area trees are taking a beating.
“In my ten years in forestry this is probably the most drought I’ve witnessed,” said Forestry Commissioner Greg Hayes.
Hayes says sycamores, maples and other thin-leafed trees are starting to brown up in the heat, and some are already dropping leaves.
“There could be trees that die,” Hayes said, “I would venture a guess that the ones that we’re going to lose are the newly-planted ones.”
Hayes recommends city residents water their trees at night with a slow-drip method, either from a hose or a five-gallon bucket with holes poked in the bottom.
Blessed with the Mississippi, city water customers pay only a flat monthly rate for water, with no additional charge for how much water they use.