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How to Recognize Heat Damage in Your Plants & Garden

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 22 June , 2016
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In a previous blog entry, we shared tips for protecting your plants and garden from the upcoming summertime heat waves. In this article, we’ll talk about exactly how heat causes damage and how you can recognize signs that your plants and garden are under stress from it.

How the Heat Damages Plants & Gardens

Heat combined with a hot and dry wind robs your plants’ foliage and soil of heavy doses of moisture. Of course, some evaporation is perfectly normal, but when the heat is prolonged and crucial moisture is evaporated faster than it can be replaced, the foliage and leaves will quickly dry out and wilt.

With water being quickly zapped from the soil as well, the plants and gardens are denied much needed nutrients, such as iron.

If the stress from the heat continues for extended periods of time, your plants are at serious risk of entering a dangerous life-threatening cycle that can include:

  • Decrease in photosynthesis
  • Stunted growth
  • A significant decrease in transpiration – a cooling process in which moisture is carried from the roots to the underside of the leaves
  • Plant starvation
  • Deterioration of plant cells

How to Recognize Heat Stress in Plants

There are a number of telltale signs you can look for to gauge your plants’ health. These include:

  • Wilting – perhaps the most common response to exposure from extreme heat
  • Yellow or yellow-green leaves or entire sections of the plant
  • Leaves appear to be smaller than normal
  • Needles on evergreens begin to brown from the tip downward
  • Leaves and fruit begin to drop early

Call Juniper Landscaping Company for Help With Your Lawn, Garden and Plants

To make sure you’re providing the best care for your plants, lawn and garden, call us here at the Juniper Landscape Company. Our number is 619-334-9464.

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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