Extreme heat causes more trees to develop diseases and collapse

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The extreme heat not only takes a toll on your body, but it can also hurt your trees and other vegetation.

On Monday, Kevin Lapointe with the Kansas City Forestry Department, spoke to 41 Action News about the effects the heat has on trees.

He said the 100 degree weather is increasing the tree's risk of developing diseases and even collapsing. 

This is due to the lack of rainfall we've had over the past year.

Lapointe also anticipates less leaf and vegetation growth this fall.

"What we'll probably see is towards the end of the Summer, even trees that have contracted some of these diseases are going to crash even faster," he said.

The Kansas City Forestry Department suggests watering your trees at least once or twice a week this Summer.

If you see wilting, that's a clear sign the tree needs water.

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