Purdue Landscape Report: Many areas around the Midwest continue to creep towards an increasing drought situation. Currently almost 80% of the Midwest is listed as being abnormally dry to exceptional drought. Current soil moisture data indicates that most of the Midwest is very dry. Going into the fall it’s very important to supply enough supplemental water (irrigation) to make up for the deficit prior to the landscape plants going dormant over the next six to eight weeks.
The fall is a very important time to limit stressors on landscape plants. A stressed plant doesn’t produce as many secondary metabolites which aide in increased cold hardiness; so keeping your landscape plants irrigated during dry periods in late summer into fall is an important component of preparing plants for winter.
Remember some key steps concerning your landscape during extreme dry periods:
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Kyle Daniel, Commercial Landscape and Nursery Crops Extension Specialist
Purdue Horticulture & Landscape Architecture