Plants that don’t receive enough water eventually show signs of water stress. During a drought or under water restrictions aimed at water conservation, keeping plants alive can be particularly difficult.
Although plants vary in the amount of water they require for optimal growth and development, most exhibit characteristic symptoms when they are in need of water. Because plants need to be watered before irreversible damage occurs, it is crucial to check plants regularly for symptoms of drought. Also ensure that damage identified as drought stress is not due to other conditions that can mimic drought such as salts, disease, insects, and frost.
This publication provides information on how to keep outdoor plantings alive during drought or water restrictions. Topics covered include symptoms of water stress, tips to conserve water in your landscape, methods to help specific plants survive drought, and considerations regarding planting a drought-resistant landscape.
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