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Continued: Minnesota's boom-bust rain cycle has left greenery in dire need of watering

  • Article by: JEFF STRICKLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 10, 2013 - 2:54 PM

While people remember to tend to young trees, it’s just as important to water mature trees during drought conditions, he said.

“A tree is a huge water-pumping system,” he said. It absorbs water through its root system — which tends to be the same size as the its crown — and sends it to the leaves, where it’s released into the air via evaporation. “On a hot, windy day, a tree can go through hundreds of gallons of water,” he said.

Many people like to put a fall application of fertilizer on their lawns, which will help it grow in thicker in the spring, preventing weeds. But reconsider it this year if your lawn is stressed, Brown said.

“If the lawn is healthy, it definitely pays benefits,” she said. “But if it’s dry and crispy, don’t do it.”

The experts also agree on the need to monitor the weather and adjust accordingly — always good advice but particularly relevant this year.

“This has been such a bizarre summer that I don’t know what to expect next,” Brown said.

 

Jeff Strickler • 612-673-7392

 

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