This past weekend when my father in-law was visiting from the Lake of the Ozarks, he noted that many of our trees here are already shedding leaves as if it is fall.
Indeed, it has been a terrible year for any living thing here in the Ozarks.
While we had a really nice and mild spring, something we haven’t had many of since our move here, it has been blistering hot for weeks.
The weatherman predicting the forecast the other day had the same thing to say about Thursday, Friday and Saturday. “Mostly sunny and hot, lows in the mid 70s and highs near 100….” He sounded like a broken record.
The trees taking the worst hit are the oaks, according to this story from our local newspaper.
Evidently, post oaks and black oaks go dormant during a drought and since many of our trees here are oaks, the landscape looks like there is an early fall setting in.
The other problem seems to be an oak borer infestation.
While many of the trees going dormant now are expected to survive the drought, the drought will be the nail in the coffin for some red oaks with oak– borers.
Our area is extremely dry with many of the fireworks displays for the 4th of July postponed until we see some rain.
A far cry from this time last year when we had record flooding.
They say there is a good chance for that on Sunday. We can only hope.
What problems are you seeing in your area if you’re experiencing extreme weather conditions?