Helping Plants Cope With Stress

August can be a stressful month for plants. First there are those ferocious August winds that desiccate tender new shoots as soon as they appear. Then, in colder areas, there are persistent frosts that cut back tentative new growth as it's trying to unfold. Late winter rains often saturate the soil, which can sometimes cause roots to die from sheer, water-soaked misery. But you can take some steps that will help.

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