Extreme heat taking a toll on local nursery
LINDALE - Bobby Wells is the owner of Bob Wells Nursery in Lindale. With three acres and thousands of plants, the extreme heat is not only bad for his plants, it's bad for his back pocket.
"Right there you can see some of the blueberry plants starting to suffer."
Wells says in the past he's survived in dry, hot weather but, this year has been a nightmare.
"There is nothing we can do except wait on rain."
Wells says watering the plants, at tempetures this high, just doesn't seem to do the trick.
"The water runs almost continually, 24 hours a day."
The heat isn't the only thing, Wells says, terrorizing his nursery.
"We're having a lot of hog damage in this area right here."
Hogs and Armadillos have found the the water he's using, and now he's put out traps.
"We've got game cameras to try to figure out what it is that's going on here at night."
Wells battle doesn't stop there.
"Sales are way below normal, matter of fact there are some of these weeks it's standing at zero, we've never seen that even during a normal summer."
As Wells looks out to see falling sales, his dying plants, taken down by aggressive insects, and wild animals tearing up his inventory some may throw in the towel, but wells says he has faith that God will provide, this time like he always has.