AUGUSTA -- Roy Simkins, chairman of the Augusta-Richmond County Tree Commission, wants residents to be mindful of the current drought.
He released a news release Thursday that urges residents of the CSRA to water their trees and shrubs instead of relying on sprinkler systems.
According to the report, trees should be hand watered with at least 2 inches of water per week until the drought cycle ends. Heavy, infrequent watering is the most productive way to keep trees hydrated.
There are many dead trees and numerous others under severe stress in the area.
"Immediate action needs to be taken if these trees are to be saved," Simkins said in the release.