You might be surprised to learn that your plants can get sunburned just as you can. Well, it is a little different, but too much sun can be deadly either way.
Damaged bark blisters and cracks, exposing internal tissue to pests and disease.
You can prevent sunscald by painting tree trunks and exposed branches with a 1:1 dilution of water and white latex paint. Do not use enamel paint because the tree needs to breathe. This whitewashing will help prevent winter sunscald, as well.
Selecting plant varieties suited to your microclimate and placing them well are good ways to avoid sunburn and sunscald. Properly irrigated plants are less likely to be sunburned.
Be sure to water your plants thoroughly this summer (especially on July 4th) to help protect against sunburn, sunscald, and bottle rockets.
You can grow a surprising amount of food in your own yard. Ask me how!
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