By VANDANA SINHA
The summer drought has taken a toll on spring seedlings and young trees, according to local planters and foresters.
They say fledgling trees are more susceptible to drought-related damage because their roots do not stretch into the groundwater.
Jernigan Landscaping Owner Troy Jernigan, of Hagerstown, said he lost about 25 percent of the seedlings he planted early this year.
Some nurseries said homeowners who correctly watered newly planted trees have tended to have better results.
"If people aren't watering them, they're dying," said Keith Wattenschaidt, owner of Lappans Greenhouse & Nursery in Boonsboro. "Most of mine are doing well."