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Heat and Drought Can Combine to Create Crisis in the Landscape!

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Heat and Drought  Can Combine to Create Crisis in the Landscape!

As summer temperatures climb to the mid- to high 90s and rain fails to fall we may begin to see the effects of drought and water stress on many plants.

A quick assessment of your landscape may show the effects of leaf scorch, sunburn, and heat stress on a number of plants including dogwood, hydrangea and some tomato fruit that was not protected by foliage. With our cooler, wet spring some plants may also not yet be aclimated to the heat and show sign of stress. So start your scouting now.

One of the greatest challenge is with getting our newly planted trees and shrubs established. And, plants may still be recoverning from our severe drought of last summer so be sure and continue with proper watering techniques. One good source of information on  Watering Shade Trees is from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Follow the link for some great information including a video on Summer Tree Care Tips.

As always at the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening, we’re here to answer your gardening questions. In addition to using the resources of this website you can also talk to us in person. Just call the Horticulture Answer Service (Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. @ 314-577-5143) or visit the “doctors” at the Plant Doctor Desk (Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.).

Keep an eye on the weather and water as needed.

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