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Trees stressed by this season's drought

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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.