Help your trees survive drought

Trees are a valuable asset to any property. Not only has the last two years worth of drought taken its toll on agriculture crops and lawns, it has hit our tree population hard as well.

In most dry years our healthy established trees are strong enough to handle what Mother Nature throws their way.

Just think about some of the 100-year-old trees in Hood County. Many of them lived during the Dust Bowl and the drought of the ‘50s. It is evident based on the calls that we have received and the damage observed around the county that the record-breaking summer of 2011 and a subpar 2012 have caused extensive damage to our tree population.

During the past summer the Texas A&M Forest Service conducted a drought survey of the area to assess the damage done. The Hood County Horticulture Committee will be hosting a program on Monday, Oct. 29, to share the results of the survey.

Chris Brown, program coordinator, Texas A&M Forest Service, will be the guest speaker and will share the findings. In addition, participants will receive information on how to best help your tree through drought years.

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M Forest Service building, 450 Howard Clemmons Road. The cost for the program will be $10, and persons interested are asked to RSVP no later than Oct. 25.

For more information or the RSVP contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Hood County Office at 817-579-3280.