Coping With Drought

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Coping With Drought, Dr. Barb FairWhile eastern counties are managing flood conditions, counties in the west are are already experiencing drought.

Quick Tips:

        • Plants response to short-term drought:   wilting, marginal leaf scorch (browning along edges), and loss of some foliage.
    • Plants response to long-term drought:   twigs and branches may die back,  reduction in flower and fruit production, decrease in leaf size and eventually death.
    • Young and newly installed plants are most vulnerable.
    • Insects and diseases may attack drought stressed plants.
    • Design your landscape for resilience. Select plants that will thrive in light, soil, space and hardiness zone provided by your yard.
    •  Scout for insects or disease problems and address quickly.
    • Apply organic mulch.
    • Aerate turf and cut at highest setting for that variety.
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