Garden Word of the Day
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The damage caused by too little (or too much) water is called water stress.
Water-stressed plants exhibit these symptoms:
- Wilting or drooping leaves that do not return to normal by evening
- Curled or chlorotic (yellow) leaves that may fold or drop
- Foliage that becomes grayish and loses its green luster
- New leaves that are smaller than normal
Water stress can be the result of extended drought, long, hot summers, and irrigation failures. Flooding, urban drool, and heavy rains can create a different type of water stress. In these cases, plant roots have a hard time breathing when the soil is saturated with water.
Water-stressed trees and plants are more susceptible to pests and disease. As trees die, erosion increases, causing more drying out. It's a tough cycle. Rather than letting water go down the drain, collect it in a tub or bucket and give it to your local trees. You'll be happy for the shade, come August!
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