Wet year brings added risk to tree health

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— It seems that hardly a week has gone by this year when there wasn’t some kind of pre­cip­i­ta­tion fall­ing from the sky.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice at Mt Holly, N.J., this is only the sev­enth wettest year with 55.24 inches of

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rain/snow since the be­gin­ning of the year. Va­lerie Me­ola, me­te­o­rol­o­gist, said this year’s num­bers are im­pres­sive nonethe­less.

“That is 15.39 inches above nor­mal. We nor­mally get about 39.85 inches,” Me­ola said.

The worst year for rain in the re­gion that in­cludes Ce­cil County was 1945 when more than 61 inches of rain fell. Avail­able In All Mat­tress Types In­clud­ing Our New Cool Gel Mem­ory Foam

“Right know we are in a fairly wet pat­tern although we do get a nice week this week,” she said Mon­day.

All this wa­ter sat­u­rat­ing the ground has had an ef­fect on the trees in Ce­cil County.

“We are def­i­nitely see­ing some stress from wet roots,” said Anne Hairston-Strang, as­so­ci­ate di­rec­tor of the Mary­land For­est Ser­vice.

Trees are fall­ing vic­tim to rot, fun­gal dis­eases and other mal­adies.

She said the dam­age de­pended on the sea­son and the tree.

“For sycamores, it was bad in the spring. For oaks, it was good for bio-di­ver­sity but they can have dis­ease com­pli­ca­tions,” HairstonS­trang said.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MICHI­GAN STATE UNI­VER­SITY

While the leaves may be gone, cool wet weather can still make maple trees on your prop­erty sus­cep­ti­ble to illness, in­clud­ing an­thrac­nose, pic­tured here.

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