From Deluge to Drought: Effects on the Landscape
Wasn't it just a few weeks ago we were all praying for the rain to stop? Be careful what you wish for, eh? It's feast or famine! Seems like some things never change around here ... especially when it comes to the weather! Boy, we could use some of that rain now!
As I was driving my kids around the neighborhood just this past Monday, I looked around with a critical eye at all the issues that have arisen following two weeks of absolutely NO RAIN!!! I'm thinking, "What seem to be the predominant issues plaguing the landscapes because of the instant drought?"
Is it chinch bug infestations, aphid invasions on crape myrtles, mosquito hell, mealy bug menaces, webworms in trees, yellowing lawns, lack of iron, take all patch, drought-stressed trees, hibiscus yellowing or hibiscus bud drop? Go ahead -- take a breath! Yep, all these issues, and then some, have reared their ugly heads in a matter of days, because of the excessive heat and lack of rain.
So, how do I hone in on ONE singular problem for this week's tip? I don't!!! I'll leave it up to you to access any email tip or a permanent tip sheet that I've already written on every single one of those subjects. The message I want to convey to you and everyone else out there that was complaining about the incessant rains of June and July: Be careful what you wish for ... and yes, I am among the guilty.
Click on the topic below that best hits your most serious problem in the landscape at this time of the year:
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