Many Crossroads area trees have died due to drought

Victoria is not immune to the severe drought and high heat Texas saw this summer.

Laurie Garretson, co-owner of Earthworks Nursery on East Airline Road, has had a handful of customers talk about how many of their trees, old and new, have died.

"This has been a horrific summer that we've had," Garretson said.

In the 20 years she has co-owned Earthworks, she has never seen a summer as bad as this past one.

Garretson said the combination of severe drought and triple-digit record temperatures has done some serious damage to Victoria's landscape.

Brown grass, dead shrubbery and trees sprinkled throughout the city stand as a testament, she said.

Unfortunately, nothing can be done to prevent dying trees. Even frequent watering has been no avail because of how dry conditions are.

"People need to make shirts that say, 'we made it through the summer of 2011,'" she said.