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Protect your landscape during times of drought

David Zlesak, Extension Educator in Horticulture

Lawns, trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals alike suffer from drought and express symptoms including reduced growth, yellowing, wilt, loss of branches and leaves, or in severe cases whole plant death. Recent plantings and containerized plants are particularly sensitive to drought due to limited root systems from which to draw water from the soil. Irrigating when rainfall is insufficient and using techniques that conserve soil moisture and reduce water loss will help protect your landscape through this critical time.

Here are some tips to help plants through times of drought:

For new plantings and containers:

Keeping your landscape plants healthy through this time of drought will help protect their appearance and health now and prepare them to better survive the upcoming Minnesota winter. For more information about caring for plants in the home landscape visit the University of Minnesota Extension Garden Info website.

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Reviewed June 9, 2009

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