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Western Washington has long had a weather pattern of wet winters and dry summers, but if it seemed like the past couple of summers were warmer and dryer than usual, you’re right.

Many Pacific Northwest gardeners have noticed trees — both in their gardens and in the wilderness — wilting, getting leaf burn or insect infestations, even dying. Months without water can be fatal to many plants.

— Jessamyn Tuttle is a WSU/Skagit County master gardener. Questions about home gardening or becoming a master gardener, may be directed to: WSU Extension Office, 11768 Westar Lane, Suite A, Burlington, WA 98233; by phone: 360-428-4270; or via the website: www.skagit.wsu.edu/mg.

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