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Klehm gives tips on checking tree health

ROCKFORD (WREX) - This past winter was harsh in many aspects, even for trees.

A number of evergreens in the area are covered in orange needles and run the risk of dying after the brutally cold and snowy winter, including some at Klehm Arboretum. The condition is called "winter burn." If you're concerned about the health of trees on your property, experts at Klehm say there are ways to test their health.

"You can take and use your thumb nail or a small tool and scrape a little bit of bark off a twig, and if you find any green at all, that's a sign of life," Klehm Director of Collections John Moors explained. "You can also bend twigs and see if they're still pliable. If they are, that's a good sign of life."

Moors says Klehm will know if it has to replace any plants within the next few weeks.
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