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Trees Stressed by Cold Winter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS 2/Fox 28) -- The brutally cold winter experienced across much of the state appears to have caused stress to conifer trees.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials say they are seeing signs of winter burn on some trees.

They suspect that the ground became frozen so deep that the trees were unable to absorb enough water to remain healthy through the winter.

DNR experts say that if the buds on the trees are still alive, new foliage will be replaced.  If, however, both buds and needles are dead, the tree will need to be removed.

Tree owners can reduce the risk of winter burn by properly mulching and watering in the fall, before the tree becomes dormant.

AP contributed to this report.

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