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Department of Forestry urging Oregonians to water their trees

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Water-starved trees like these in Eugene and Springfield can also be spotted in Portland and southern Oregon (Photos: Oregon Department of Forestry) Water-starved trees like these in Eugene and Springfield can also be spotted in Portland and southern Oregon (Photos: Oregon Department of Forestry)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The summer heat has caused damage to some trees and with cooler temperatures this week, the Oregon Department of Forestry is urging people to deeply water their trees.

ODF said now is a good time to take stock of the numerous water-starved trees.

"Recently planted trees are most susceptible to drought, but even established trees suffer," says Erik Burke, Eugene Director with Friends of Trees. "If they aren't well-watered, warm weather and prolonged drought eventually make trees more susceptible to insect and disease problems."

ODF has a few tips for keeping your trees healthy during times of heat stress.

Make sure to pay attention to symptoms of drought, such as browning of leaves, wilting and curling at the edges. Leaves may also appear smaller than usual, drop prematurely, or turn brown but remain on the tree.

ODF said to give your trees higher watering priority than lawns. They recommend using a regular hose or a soaker hose, water deeply and slowly. Make sure to saturate the soil within the drip line.

Using mulch is a perfect way to care for trees in warm weather as it helps the soil below tree retain moisture and stay cool, according to ODF.

Trees provide shade, wildlife habitat, clean air, wood and other products so it's a good idea to keep your trees healthy and watered.

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