Drought's latest victim: Georgia trees

By Len Kiese - bio | email

September 22, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Despite recent rain, the trees in your yard could be in bad shape from the drought.

The Georgia Forestry Commission says pines, hardwoods and red oaks are dying. The conditions also caused a decrease in this past season's timber production. Rangers say late summer rains have helped but we're still not out of the dry situation.

"If we don't start getting some rain pretty soon we're really going to be in a bad situation because October is the driest month of the year and we're approaching our fire season too so we just need to be really careful out there," said Deanna Pietras, Chief Ranger for the Dougherty County Georgia Forestry Commission.

Drought-stricken trees are even more susceptible to diseases and insects. Homeowners should start taking measures now to protect trees around their homes.

You should water trees thoroughly. You can even use gray water left over after you wash clothes or dishes.