Drought has hurt Kentucky's trees.
It's wonderful to see water in some of the creeks again. We've had a nice rain in south central Kentucky -- a slow rain that took place over several days, fairly typical for this time of year. At our house, we received over 4 inches. We are still 8 or 10 inches below normal, but the precipitation was much needed and very welcome.
Our trees suffered during last summer's extreme drought. Some began dropping leaves in July. Others held their leaves, but the leaf tips and edges are dead, a condition known as "leaf scorch." Branches on some trees appear dead, and some trees appear to have died completely.
Unfortunately, the drought followed a late frost that killed the blossoms and early leaves on many of the trees. The weather has given our trees a "1-2 punch" this year.
The extent of the damage to our trees isn't fully known at this time. We will be seeing the long-term effects of this summer of extreme drought for years.
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