The damage caused by too little (or too much) water is called water stress.
Water-stressed plants exhibit these symptoms:
Water stress can be due to extended drought, long, hot summers, and irrigation failures. On the other side of the same coin, flooding, urban drool, and heavy rains can create a different type of water stress. When soil is waterlogged, plants cannot breathe.
Water-stressed trees and plants are more susceptible to pests and diseases. As trees die, erosion increases, causing more drying out. It's a tough cycle. Rather than letting household water go down the drain, collect it in a tub or bucket and give it to your local trees. You'll be happy about the shade this summer!
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