"I think what people don't realize is that this is going to sneak up on them," Tony Hahn, Landscape Care Consultant with Swingle, said.
"This is worse than people realize and they aren't going to see the results until next year, or the year after," Hahn said.
The summers of 1994 and 2002 also experienced severe droughts, but Hahn says this year is the worst he's seen.
"I think this beats 1994 and surpasses 2002 simply because of the duration," Hahn said.
According to the National Weather Service, in 1994 Colorado saw 60 days of 90 plus degree temperatures. In 2002, there were 61 days of 90 degree-plus temperatures.
Tuesday, marks 70 days of 90 plus-degree temperatures.
"I don't think people realize how much trouble we are in," Hahn said. "In fact, I know people don't realize how much trouble we are in unless they do something now."
Hahn says it's important to water trees now.
" [Water] as much as you can," Hahn said. "Get a deep root watering device and begin with your largest trees and the evergreens and spruces. They need moisture."
He said fertilizing is also important.
"Fertilizer is certainly important," Hahn said. "But [it has to be] the right fertilizer. You don't want to use high nitrogen fertilizer because it is too salty and it will defeat the purpose. You might do more damage than good."
Hahn said aerating is also critical.
"It's always a great idea because it's a great side effect of root watering," Hahn said.
Hahn says all of that needs to be done within the next few weeks.
"I wouldn't wait I would begin immediately. Do the little things now that are inexpensive like watering or in a year or two your going to be paying thousands of dollars to take the trees down," says Hahn.
One common misperception is that people think they can stop fertilizing and watering now but now is the worst time. That's because roots grow when the day length begins to shorten.
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