Rain Threatens Nurseries
Days of heavy rain are threatening the mountains crop of nursery trees and shrubs. Nursery owners are watching the constant rain saturate soil and drown plants theyve nurtured for more than six years. Breezy Acres Nursery in Mills River has water standing in planting holes for weeks. The dead leaves show trees are drowning and may be dead. Expensive Japanese maples are shedding leaves by the handful. Dogwood, maple, cherry, and redbud trees have been hit the hardest. Ag agents say if the tree dies because of soggy soil, it should be replaced only when steps are taken to drain water away from the plant. They recommend raising the tree up, creating a berm around it, and adding drainage in low-lying areas where water collects. They say homeowners and farmers with trees that have lost their leaves should wait until next spring to determine whether to replace them.