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