EXTENSION CORNER: Drought has deeper effect on plants than wilted leaves
EXTENSION CORNER: Drought has deeper effect on plants than wilted leaves.
Well, not that funny — but people notice it is dry when there is no rain, yet they seem to forget about it once the rain sets in.
While the rains of winter returned some water to once-dry ponds and creeks, we as gardeners and homeowners have not seen the end of the effects on our landscapes and naturalized areas.
Drought is much more than scorched grass and wilted tomato plants.
As soil moisture is pulled away from the roots, cell death in the roots and vascular tissues begins to occur.
Here’s what to expect: • Some plants will not come out of dormancy this spring.
• Some trees and shrubs that do break bud after dormancy will have root systems insufficient to support the canopy, leading to dieback or death next spring and summer.
In the case of many Leyland cypress trees, which are prone to fungal cankers, the stress of drought allows the disease to spread throughout the tree, leading to plant death.
Lastly, if you see that a tree or shrub has succumbed to disease or insects, it may be time to consider a replacement.
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