Trees begin changing color early due to stress from drought

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Going around Bismarck you might have noticed the leaves on the trees already changing color or dropping.

This year's drought caused stress for some trees, they deal with this stress by letting some leaves drop so they can survive on less water. The city forester recommends watering your trees more.

"There's a specific way to water your tree. You don't rely just on lawn sprinklers. The grass is very, very competitive. It's very efficient at absorbing that water that is just on the surface. So when you water your tree you would want to use a soaker hose-type, or set your hose on a trickle and leave it there for an extended period of time," said Doug Wiles, the Bismarck forester.

Wiles says it is especially important to water your trees until the first freeze of winter this year, because of the drought.