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Landscaping troubles left behind after Iowa's 2020 derecho

Replacing larger trees may be hard to do this spring

ANKENY, Iowa — When the derecho blew through Iowa last summer, it wiped out countless trees. Now it may be doing the same to your summer landscaping dreams, especially if you are hoping to add some taller trees to your yard.

TNT Landscaping and Nursery in Ankeny says business was booming after the derecho, with people looking to replace trees that fell in the storm. But now the supply of mature trees has dwindled.

Erica Olson with TNT is trying to help customers replace what the derecho took, but said "it has impacted it quite a bit because a lot of our growers were tapping into their stock for the spring last fall. So, we don't really have as much available to us."

Now, mature trees may be in shorter supply, but Olson says they have plenty of smaller trees available, and they are ordering plants right now. They expect to have a good variety for customers by mid-April.

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