A Technical Report from The Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories
Moisture deficiency is the most common stress encountered in the landscape. Usually, this is a temporary condition and has minimal impact on plants. Periodically, drought conditions may persist for several months to years and can significantly affect plant health and survival.
Moisture stress from drought periodically affects landscape plants. The impact of drought on plant growth varies with the severity and duration of the drought as well as other factors including plant species, soil conditions and other stresses and pests that also may affect the plant. A comprehensive plant health care program featuring irrigation, mulching, fertilization, proper pruning, and integrated pest management is recommended to help landscape plants withstand the effects of drought.