Drought stricken mature tree
Drought stricken mature tree

While we experienced a wet spring, that hasn’t been the situation lately. The occasional rain storm hasn’t been sufficient to keep many landscapes healthy and happy. Plants continue to grow through the fall season and keeping the landscape well hydrated is an important part of maintaining plant health year-round. Perennials and deciduous trees begin to go dormant in the fall, but their root systems are still actively growing until the soil freezes. It’s important that they are “put to bed” with adequate moisture. Evergreen trees and shrubs require extra consideration. Because Evergreens retain foliage in the winter they are more susceptible to water loss during warm winter days. Contact the PHC Department for more information on an application designed to minimize winter stress on Evergreen trees and shrubs.

Insure the landscape is receiving 1-2 inches of water per week. A rain gauge will help determine how much rain is received from storms and if it’s necessary to supplement with other watering methods. If it becomes necessary to water, there are a variety of methods for reaching the amount of water needed. These methods include soaker hoses and sprinklers placed under tree canopies. It’s also important to maintain adequate moisture on any trees or shrubs that are being treated for disease or pest issues. Sufficient moisture assists with product uptake and helps make the application more successful.

During dry conditions, water both new and existing trees, shrubs and perennials to promote optimal health in the landscape. Plants that are less stressed are more likely to fight off invading diseases and pests. A healthy tree is a happy tree!

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