Hundreds of Hilton Head pine trees are dying.
Are yours among them?
Over the past month, Robert Potter watched as the needles on his pine trees turned from dark green to brown. The shift started happening after Tropical Storm Irma. His trees were dying and he couldn’t figure out why, he said.
Potter, who lives on the beachfront in Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head Island, recently hired a crew to dig some holes in his yard. About 2-3 feet underground, he found the water table, which tasted salty, he said.
“You can see trees browning out from the beach side to the street side, because the roots are sitting in saltwater,” he said.
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Will your trees and plants survive this Lowcountry winter storm?
You’re not the only one having a hard time dealing with Wednesday’s winter storm. Your plants and trees are also facing a battle of their own.
According to John Snow, arborist for Jones Brothers Tree Surgeons on Hilton Head Island, residents can expect to see broken tree branches, sagging limbs and possibly some dead plants in the coming days and weeks.
“A lot of our plants are susceptible to the cold,” Snow said. “I would expect a lot of trees and plants to be significantly damaged from the freezing rain and snow.”