- Associated Press - Sunday, March 9, 2014

RENO, Nev. (AP) - With the start of spring only a couple of weeks away, experts are urging Reno-area residents and businesses to water trees to help them survive the drought.

The Reno Urban Forestry Commission says trees are under duress after another unusually dry winter.

Commission spokesman Steve Churchillo says the region has seen a significant increase in tree deaths over the past several years because they are not being watered properly or not being watered at all.

When a tree dies and poses a threat to public safety, the owner is required to remove it, which can cost up to thousands of dollars. Experts say it’s far less expensive to keep the tree alive by watering it on a regular basis.

Mature trees should be watered once a week with the equivalent of about 50 gallons of water in the summer.

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