Big Time Tree Death
The other day I was visiting my mother who lives in one of those retirement parks, about 1 block from one of their club houses. From her front yard, I noticed that one of the large Live Oaks at the club house property had died. I walked down to take a look and was very surprised to see that another fully grown tree on the other side of it was dead, too. And a smaller orange tree was dead. And some shrubs. I swear it looked as though someone has sprayed agent orange out of a helicopter. Very odd, I thought. Then I noticed that beyond the park boundary, a couple hundred feet farther away were large evergreen trees--it looked like 3 in row--all brown and dead. I drove over to that park to see two full grown, old Oaks and a large orange tree also freshly dead. A couple of days later while out and about, I noticed a shocking amount more of dead, full grown trees scattered about the countryside. I have never seen anything like this. (This is in central Florida, BTW.) The only thing that comes to mind as having a correlation is that this year, we had our mildest winter ever. The winter (one year before that) was severely cold, breaking several records. Has anyone anywhere else noticed anything similar to this?