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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Part of a series of Drought Tips written and produced by the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources under an agreement with the California Department of Water Resources.
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