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You might be surprised to learn that your plants can get sunburned this 4th of July, just the way you can. Okay, so maybe it’s a little different, but too much sun can be deadly in either case.
When bark gets too much sun it is called sun scald and it can kill a tree. The damaged bark blisters and cracks, exposing internal tissue to pests and disease. To prevent sun scald, exposed branches and trunks can be painted with a 1:1 dilution of water and white latex paint. Do not use enamel paint because the tree needs to breath.
Selecting the right plant varieties and choosing the proper location are good ways to avoid sunburn and sun scald. Plants that are watered properly are less likely to be sunburned.
Be sure to water your plants thoroughly this summer (and especially on July 4th) to help protect against sunburn, sun scald, and bottle rockets.
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