We know what dogs are doing in this heat, but what about your trees and shrubs? How are they staying cool? Where are they getting water? And why am I seeing so many trees turning brown or dropping leaves?
We have been blessed with rain for the last couple of years and everything has grown well as a result. However, now that the water is turned off and the temperature spiked, we are looking at some pretty stressed out trees that are trying to keep all that new growth alive. Above ground, leaves droop and some even fall off to conserve water. Below ground, the tree is cutting off root growth. This leaves trees very vulnerable to insects and diseases.
Think about how hard your trees are working this summer to keep you and your yard cooler and more tolerable. More than likely, your irrigation system or hose cannot keep a tree requiring about 50 gallons of water every day alive and well.