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Christopher J. Starbuck
University of Missouri
Division of Plant Sciences
(573) 882-9630
starbuckc@missouri.edu

Water those Trees and Shrubs

Christopher J. Starbuck
University of Missouri
(573) 882-9630
starbuckc@missouri.edu

Published: May 24, 2012

The past few weeks have been especially stressful for newly planted trees and shrubs. Lack of rainfall in combination with abundant sunshine, wind and low humidity have created unusually high evapotranspiration rates for May. Since air temperatures have not yet been extremely high, most people are not fully aware of the amount of water our landscape plants are losing to the atmosphere. It is important to water regularly during conditions like this, particularly for trees and shrubs planted within the past year. For pointers on approaches to helping our woody landscape friends survive these unseasonable conditions, read the MU guide on irrigating trees and shrubs during summer drought. http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G6879

Columbia Missouri Daily Short Crop Evapotranspiration

Chart courtesy of the Missouri Climate Center

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