Drought Conditions - Knowledgebase Question

Arley, AL
Question by rolltide5
August 24, 2007
I live in an area that is having one of the wrost droughts in years. We have trees that have been here for years and years that appear to be dying. Especially concerning are the dogwoods. We have approximately 20 trees that look as though they are dying. The leaves are drying and curling up and some are starting drying at the top and working its way down. Could this possibly just be their way of handling the drought and they will come back out next spring? Also, what about bulbs? I have day lillies, tiger lillies, irises, etc. that are looking very stressed also. I am trying to water some of the trees and bulbs, but it is costing too much. I'm wondering if I would be better concentrating on other plants and these plants will be able to tolerate the drought on their on. Any advice would be appreciated on the trees and bulbs.

Thank you.

Answer from NGA
August 24, 2007



That is the tree's way of dealing with drought but it is also a sign that they are in the final stages before they cannot hold on any longer. I suggest you provide a mulch around the tree at least as far as the branchspread. Then water that same area with a good soaking. You can use a tuna can or other straightsided container and water until you have caught about an inch. The water is indeed not free but replacing the trees is more expensive. I am so sorry to hear about the drough you all in the southeast are experiencing. The bulbs are better able to survive but also need just an occasional drink to moisten the soil and keep them alive.

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