As a native of north central Kentucky Kris Stone has years of experience with the common everyday challenges of maintaining a healthy landscape in the difficult climate of the Ohio Valley. Currently Kris resides in Northern Kentucky just outside of Burlington and is the Director of Boone County Arboretum.

Kris holds a Bachelor's of Science in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Kentucky, maintains certification as an ISA Certified Arborist, and is an active board member for the following organizations: KY Arborist Association, Northern KY Urban and Community Forestry Council, KY Exotic Pest Plant Council, Friends of Boone County Arboretum, and technical advisor to the Boone County Urban Forest Commission. Kris is passionate about his life long love of plants and enjoys spreading his knowledge and experience to the public he serves.


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Keep watering!
by Kristopher Stone - posted 07/15/12

Although some areas of Kentucky have been receiving some beneficial rainfall in recent days, many of us have missed out, or have not received enough rain to end the drought.  It is extremely crucial that you not stop watering newly planted trees at this time.

This young Ginkgo (above) is suffering badly from the drought, and had started to exhibit early fall color and leaf drop. Trees near parking lots like this one have restricted root zones and are even more adversely effected by droughts. If using a lawn sprinkler be sure to place a rain gage in the area to be sure you are applying at least 1" of water per week. If you are soaking individual trees, water the area until the ground appears saturated under and out to at least the drip line of the tree at least once per week.


The National Drought Monitor has almost all of Kentucky in abnormally dry to extreme drought conditions as of last week.  Lets hope things improve in the coming weeks!







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