Parks Director Jack Murphy says the city's trees fared better than he expected ... but he says more trees will probably die during this year's drought.
He says the city lost about 400 trees ... which is less than five percent of the 25-thousand trees the city maintains and irrigates.
Murphy credits the city's irrigation system with keeping so many trees alive.
"We are spreading mulch around all the trees. We find that mulch is probably one of the best preventions and cultivation practices that you can do to have the trees survive and hopefully thrive even during the stressful drought period."
Murphy says the live oak trees seemed to fare pretty well this year ... as did certain pine trees.
But he says the red cedar trees and the Japanese black pines didn't do as well as expected.
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