FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Rain has been pretty scarce across northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio for most of the summer.
High heat and little to no rain in the summertime has resulted in drought conditions across the region.
With that being said, you may have noticed the leaves on your trees are changing colors or falling off.
Most trees will drop their leaves when they undergo stress from a drought which is how they adapt to the lack of water.
According to Purdue Extension Service for Home Gardeners, a deciduous tree can survive if it has lost all of its leaves.
However, survival depends on the health of the tree prior to the drought and severity of stress the tree endured.
So, if your tree has completely lost its leaves, don’t give up on it just yet.
You may have to wait until spring of 2021 to see if it succumbed to the drought or not.
Regardless, if you look forward to the fall foliage each year, it will likely be a disappointment.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, hot and dry weather means less vivid leaf colors.
The summer drought will also have an impact on next year's spring foliage.
The buds might be smaller which in turn will produce smaller leaves which is because of the drought in 2020.