After a weekend storm that tore down trees and downed power lines in Indianapolis, experts say other trees could become more vulnerable thanks to the summer’s dry conditions.
Purdue University urban forester Lindsey Purcell said that he’s worried about trees that have already taken multiple years of dry conditions. Purcell said that by next year, he thinks drought conditions will start to show up in trees.
“They’re not (going to) recover from this drought. A lot of trees that we have now (are) going to get worse and next Spring, we’re going to see more and more death and dieback,” Purcell said.
Purcell said that trees torn down last weekend were likely already decaying or dying. He said that it’s important to keep an eye on your trees and make sure that even the older ones get at least an inch of water per week.
“Any tree that you own, you need to water and you need to mulch in order to get through these tough summers,” Purcell said.
That won’t be possible for those under watering bans, where only new trees are allowed to be given water. Still, Purcell said that taking care of trees at any time is important because symptoms of stress sometimes don’t show up right away.
One thing to look for are trees that change color too early or leaves that show signs of wilting or browning.
“I think we’re going to see a lot of dieback in the next few years,” Purcell said.
Storm damage could be more commonplace as trees become more vulnerable