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Trees in La Crosse may need more water, so they won’t lose their leaves too early



If you’re seeing leaves fall earlier than they should, that could be a result of the region’s continuing drought.

The city of La Crosse is calling on tree owners to keep those plants watered during the fall, especially trees that have just been planted this season.

La Crosse’s outdoor rec and conservation office says the trees should receive an inch of water per plant, with a slow rate of watering preferred in the morning and evening.

Experts are concerned that the continuing dry weather is causing trees to lose their leaves earlier than expected. Trees planted during the 2023 growing season especially need more water, until their roots become more developed.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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