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Expert: Intense Summer Affecting Hoosier Foliage

Last updated on Friday, August 26, 2011

(WEST LAFAYETTE) - The first day of fall is still nearly a month away, but some plants, trees, and shrubs look like autumn has already arrived.

Purdue Extension Horticulturist Rosie Lerner says this summer's conditions are causing plants to stress, resulting in foliage turning yellow or brown and falling off early, mimicking fall conditions.

Lerner says the good news is that most seasoned plant life will survive the conditions and bloom as normal in the spring. However she says trees and shrubs that were newly planted this year or last year may need some rescue if they are to survive the winter.

Lerner says watering these plants deeply and thoroughly periodically from now until the first freeze will help them survive. Lerner suggests waiting at least a week to 10 days between waterings to avoid over-saturation.

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