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Trees are undergoing stress in California's drought; water with care
Trees are undergoing stress in California's drought; water with care

While dutiful homeowners have been severely limiting — or ceasing — the watering of their lawns and gardens to comply with drought restrictions, one potential fallout is sometimes overlooked: the health of the residential tree canopy. In July, Mayor Judy Nelson of Glendora, a city that prizes its 18,000 trees, was one of the first public officials to raise this issue. Criticized for the city's threat to fine a couple who let their lawn go brown (they said they were responding to Gov. Jerry Brown's call to conserve water), Nelson explained, "We are very concerned that we're going to be losing trees because people are not watering." In fact, the...

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