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Trees stressed by this season's drought

Tree at Delaware Park in Buffalo
WBFO News photo by Brian Meyer
Tree at Delaware Park in Buffalo

With leaves already on the ground from trees stressed by this season's drought, is there anything that can be done to help them for next year?

In City Hall, Andrew Rabb is the deputy commissioner of public works in charge of parks. He's also in charge of trees across the city, whether in the parks or trees between the curb and the sidewalk.

Rabb says even now, as the summer heat fades away, those trees may need help.

"Put a hose around the tree or fill a bucket, put a couple bucket loads of water around your tree if it's a small tree. A couple of times a week. this was a drought so water is really important and we're always looking for people to help us keep the streets green and one of the most important things you can do is to water your tree in front of your house," said Rabb.

Rabb says fertilizer may not be a good idea because too much can damage a tree.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.