The Source: Unprecedented Environmental Stressors Killing Trees

Jun 4, 2014

Evidence of Hypoxylon cankers on an oak tree in Lufkin, Texas
Credit Texas A&M Forest Service

Years of drought have stretched the water supply pretty thin in Texas. Watering yards is not at the top of the priority list, but maybe when it comes to your tree it should be.

The stress being put on trees across Texas is unprecedented and leaving trees vulnerable to a number of issues.

Outbreaks of hypoxylon, a usually fatal disease affecting hardwood trees, are far above average. 

Is it time to ditch the grass and just water the tree?


  • Paul Johnson, Urban Forestry Program coordinator with the Texas A&M Forest Service

*This is the second segment in the June 4 edition of The Source, which airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM. Audio from this show will be posted by 5:30 p.m.