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July 19, 2012MO |  By: Roach

Trees Suffer During Drought

With more than half of the United States in some stage of drought, trees and plants are likely to suffer from high temperatures and not enough water.

Staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association, Tchukki Anderson says its important to keep trees in good health in times of severe drought. She recommends applying a three inch layer of composted wood chip mulch over the root zone of the plant.

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How much water a home landscape needs is dependent upon the soil, sun, and shade exposure, plant types, irrigation system and local climate. Anderson says you can water your plants too much.

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Anderson adds that digging deep into the soil, 6 inches to a foot, to check if it's moist. That is a good indicator if your plants need more water, or if they are okay.