Information About Environmental Problems

Cultural plant problems and various types of environmental issues are inevitable, regardless of how well you care for your garden. So what is a gardener to do? The first step to solving gardening issues caused by environmental problems in gardens is to do your research. The pages that follow will help with that. With information for dealing with types of environmental issues like contaminated soil, floods, heat waves or cold spells, you’re sure to find something that relates to the particular needs of your garden. So keep reading to learn more.

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What Are Parasitic Plants: Learn About Parasitic Plant Damage

By Shelley Pierce

Mistletoe actually is one of many different types of parasitic plants out there. Given that there are over 4,000 species of parasitic plants in existence, you will need some parasitic plant info to help you make sense of it all. Learn more about parasitic plants here.

Holoparasitic Information – Learn About Holoparasitic Plants In Gardens

By Kristi Waterworth

If a plant is growing on or near another, it?s generally assumed they?re simply compatible, and not that one is drawing vital nutrients from the other. Learn more about holoparasitic plants in this article so you can better distinguish plant friend from foe.

What Is A Hemiparasitic Plant – Examples Of Hemiparasitic Plants

By Kristi Waterworth

There are lots of plants in the garden that we devote almost no thought to. For example, parasitic plants exist in a wide range of conditions and they?re rarely discussed. This article is about hemiparasitic plants and the damage they can do to your landscape or garden.

Protecting Plants In Severe Weather – Learn About Thunderstorm Plant Damage

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Lightning strikes off in the distance, for a brief moment lighting up your view, showing you all the destruction you will have to deal with once the storm passes - downed limbs or trees, pots blown away, plants flattened, etc. Learn how to protect plants from thunderstorms here.

Wind Damaged Plants: Tips On Helping Plants After A Tornado

By Teo Spengler

When winter weather gets wild and windy, trees can suffer. But if a tornado hits your area once warmer weather returns, you may see extensive damage to your plants and garden, even if your house is spared. Learn how to save plants after a tornado in this article.

Home Construction And Gardens: Tips On Protecting Plants During Construction

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Every plant in the garden has the potential to become injured during construction, but with a few helpful tips from this article, you should be able to protect your plants during construction of new additions, garages, etc. in the landscape.

Keeping Plants Safe In Frost: How To Protect Plants From Frost

By Liz Baessler

Even if your climate experiences cold winters, a single frost can come late in the spring or early in the fall to kill your tender plants well before their time. Learn more about protecting plants from frost in the article that follows.

Dealing With Ice On Plants: What To Do For Ice Covered Trees And Shrubs

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Following a near miss from a fallen iced over tree branch, we had gotten very lucky. Ice damage on large trees can cause severe damage to homes, cars, power lines and plants. Click here to learn more about caring for plants after an ice storm.

Effects Of Defoliation – What To Do For Defoliated Plants In The Garden

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

It can start with just a few leaves dropping off a plant before nothing but bare branches are left. There can be many reasons for this defoliation of plants. Click this article to learn what causes defoliation and the effects of defoliation in the garden.

Wind Injury To Plants – How To Fix Wind Damaged Plants

By Jackie Carroll

Strong winds can damage or kill landscape plants. Dealing with wind damage promptly and properly can improve a plant?s chances of survival, and in many cases, the plant will recover its former graceful glory. Learn more in this article.

Does Weather Affect Plant Growth: Effect Of Temperature On Plants

Does weather affect plant growth? It sure does! It?s easy to tell when a plant has been nipped by frost, but high temperatures can be just as harmful. There is a considerable disparity when it comes to temperature stress in plants. Learn more here.

Plant Covering Materials – Ideas For Covering Plants In Cold Weather

All living things need some sort of protection to keep them comfortable during the winter months and plants are no exception. In addition to mulch, or even snow, many plants depend on a little extra protection to survive. Learn more here.

Leaves Dry And Paper Like: Reasons Plant Leaves Are Papery Looking

If you see papery leaves on plants, or if you?ve noticed papery spots on leaves, you have a mystery on your hands. However, there are several possible causes when leaves are papery looking and brittle. Click here for tips to unravel this conundrum.

What Is Phytotoxicity: Information About Phytotoxicity In Plants

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Phytotoxicity is anything chemical which causes an adverse reaction. The plant's response varies from discolored leaves to death. The sensitivity can go both ways, however, since some plants are phototoxic to humans too. Click here to learn more.

What Is Desiccation: Learn About Desiccation In Plants

By Kristi Waterworth

Winter winds blow hard everywhere, but your landscape may feel the pain long before you do. If your landscape plants are emerging from the winter with brown leaves, they?re probably suffering from desiccation. Find out what it is and how to deal with it in this article.

Salt Damage In Winter: Tips For Repairing Winter Salt Damage On Plants

By Kristi Waterworth

When living close to a major road or even de-icing your own driveway, it?s inevitable that some of your border plants will suffer from salt injury. Luckily, there are several ways to protect your valuable plants this winter. Click here for more information.

Effects Of Cold In Plants: Why And How Plants Are Affected By Cold

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Even plants in the correct zone may suffer from cold damage. Why does cold affect plants? The reasons for this vary and depend upon site, soil, duration of cold, and other factors. This article provides additional information.

Winter Death Of Plants: Why Do Plants Die In Winter

By Kristi Waterworth

When the snow flies, it can be easy to forget about the plants in your landscape, but these are the times they may need you the most. Find out why even hardy plants may die in the winter, and a few things you can do about it in this article.

Wrapping Plants In Burlap: How To Use Burlap For Protecting Plants

Wrapping plants with burlap is a relatively simple way to protect the plants from winter frost, snow and ice. Burlap for plants can be as simple as an old burlap bag. Read this article to learn more about using burlap for winter plant protection in the garden.

Established Plants Are Tall And Leggy: What To Do For Leggy Plant Growth

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Plants that become leggy or floppy tend to fall over, produce less flowers and produce and create an untidy spindly appearance. There are a couple of reasons why plants are tall and leggy. Learn what they are in this article.

Hurricane Damaged Plants And Gardens: Saving Plants Damaged By Hurricane

By Jackie Carroll

When hurricane season is upon us again, one part of your preparation should be preparing the landscape to withstand hurricane plant damage. This article explains how to prevent damage and what you can do to help damaged plants recover.

When Potted Plants Are Too Wet: How To Avoid Overwatering Of Container Plants

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Overwatering in potted plants is of the most concern, as they are in a captive habitat. In this article, you will find a few tips and tricks can teach you how to avoid overwatering of container plants for healthy, no-fuss greenery and ways of treating overwatered plants.

Plant Leaves Turning White Or Pale: Learn About Plant Sunburn Damage

By Kristi Waterworth

There?s nothing like the smell of new plants, but when your plants are turning white, the fun is over. Established plants can also suffer the same fate. Find out what causes white-colored damaged on plants and how you can prevent it in this article.

Flower Drop Tips: Reasons Why Healthy Blooms Fall Off

By Jackie Carroll

If you?ve ever experienced the disappointment of having healthy buds and flowers drop off of your plants, this article is for you. Click here to find out what causes blossom drop in plants, and what you can do about it.

Reducing Soil Erosion: Using Plants For Erosion Control

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Reducing soil erosion is important to preserve the nutrient rich soils and natural or unnatural topography. Using plants for erosion control is an excellent method. This article will provide more info.

What Is A Blind Plant: Learn Why Some Plants Fail To Bloom

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Non-blooming of plants that should bloom is the actual definition of plant blindness. The reason some plants fail to bloom can be caused by many situations. Read here to discover the answers and causes to this disappointing bloom issue.

Dust Storms And Gardens: How To Protect Plants From Desert Storms

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Sand storms in the desert wreak some of the most severe havoc on your garden. Learn how to protect plants from these desert storms in the following article so you won't be left in the dust. Click here for more info.

Excessive Rain On Plants: How To Garden In Wet Ground

By Amy Grant

Wet weather and plants are usually a match made in heaven. However, sometimes this can be too much of a good thing. Learn more what happens when there is too much rain on plants in this article and what, if anything, can be done.

Torrential Rains And Plants: What To Do If Rain Is Knocking Down Plants

By Kristi Waterworth

Rain is as important to your plants as sun and nutrients, but like anything else, too much of a good thing can spell trouble. Learn what to do for plants knocked down by rain in this article.

Uprooted Plant Damage: Dealing With Uprooted Plants

By Kristi Waterworth

Uprooted garden plants are a very common gardening problem, especially in areas prone to high winds. Keep reading this article for information on what to do about plant roots coming out of ground.

Freeze Damage To Plants – Information On How To Treat Frozen Plants

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

A crucial part of winterizing the garden is to protect half hardy and sub-tropical plants. But what happens when they become frozen? Learn what to do in this article. Click here for more information.

What Is Edema: Tips For Treating Edema In Plants

By Kristi Waterworth

Ever have one of those days when you feel a little sluggish and bloated? Well, your plants can have the same problem. Read this article to learn about edema in plants. Click here to learn more.

What Is Acid Rain: Tips For Safeguarding Plants From Acid Rain Damage

By Kristi Waterworth

The effects of acid rain on plant growth can be dramatic. If you live in an acid rain-prone area, read this article to learn about safeguarding plants from acid rain damage. Click here to get more information.

Flower Bud Blast Symptoms: Treating Bud Blast In Flowering Plants

By Kristi Waterworth

When buds collapse for no reason, it may bring a gardener to tears. But fear not, fellow gardener, flower bud blast may be disappointing, but it's rarely a serious condition. Learn more about it here.

What Is Sunscald: Learn About Sunscald On Plants

By Anne Baley

Did you know that plants and trees can get a sunburn just like human beings? Much like our sunburn, sunscald on plants damages the outer layer of a plant's skin. Read this article for tips on treating sunscald.

What Is Replant Disease: Advice For Planting Where Other Plants Died

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

Planting where other plants died is possible but only if you take appropriate actions, especially when disease issues are involved - which may result in replant disease. Learn more in this article.

What Is Fasciation – Information About Fasciation In Flowers

By Jackie Carroll

If you?ve ever found a flower stem that looks wide and flattened, splayed or fused, you?ve probably discovered an odd disorder called fasciation. Find out more about the fasciation deformation of flowers in this article.

Herbicide Plant Damage: How To Treat Plants Accidentally Sprayed With Herbicide

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Herbicide plant damage is usually the result of unintentional contact with chemicals from spray drift or contact with vapor. Recognizing accidental herbicide injury may be difficult, but this article can help.

Flood Damage Clean Up: Tips For Minimizing Flood Damage In The Garden

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Heavy rainfall followed by flooding not only causes damage to buildings and homes, but can also affect plants in the garden. Learn how to manage flooded garden plants in this article.

What Is A Hard Frost: Information On Plants Affected By Hard Frost

By Jackie Carroll

Weather forecasters may predict either a light frost or hard frost. So what is the difference and how are plants affected by hard frost verses light ones? Read this article to find out more.

What Is Light Frost: Information On The Effects Of Light Frost

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

Nothing takes the smile off of a gardener?s face quicker than an early fall or a late spring frost. Read this article to find out what is light frost and plant frost info for plants affected by light frost.

What Is Monocropping: Disadvantages Of Monoculture In Gardening

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

You?ve likely heard the term monoculture at one time or other. For those who haven?t, you may wonder ?What is monocropping?? Learn more about monoculture in the following article.

Plant Deficiencies: Why Are Leaves Turning Reddish Purple In Color

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

Nutrient deficiencies in plants are hard to spot and are often misdiagnosed. When nutrients are lacking, plants respond in a variety of ways?oftentimes in the leaves. This article will help with purple leaf color.

Care Of Damaged Plants: Information For Salvaging Injured Plants

By Amy Grant

Nothing is more disconcerting than to discover a problem with your plants. With a little know how from this article, you can find ways for reviving stress damaged plants and making them well again.

Variegated Plant Problems: What Causes Reversion Of Variegated Leaves

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Reversion of variegated leaves occurs in many types of plants. This is when the white shading or lighter speckles and borders turn into green. This is frustrating to many gardeners. Learn more here.

Ozone Plant Damage: How To Fix Ozone Damage In Garden Plants

By Jackie Carroll

Ozone damage to plants occurs when plant foliage absorbs ozone during transpiration, which is the plant?s normal breathing process. Learn more about treating plants with ozone damage in this article.

Salt Injury To Plants: How To Save Plants From Salt Damage

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

In northernmost regions, where the use of salt spray is popular during winter, it is not uncommon to find salt damage on lawns or even some salt injury to plants. Learn more about treating it in this article.

Causes Of Faded Flower Color: How To Fix Color Fading In Flowers

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

Sometimes we experience fading flower color. Something happens that causes the once vibrant color of a flower to dampen. Find out what that is and how to fix it in this article. Click here to learn more.

Dealing With Heat Stress: How To Protect Vegetables In Hot Weather

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

Gardeners have considerable anxiety when summer temperatures rise. While some vegetables suffer more than others, all feel some degree of stress with rising temperatures. Learn more here.

Hail Crop Damage: How To Care For Hail Damaged Plants

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

You can feel the ping of hailstones on your skin and your plants can too. Hail crop damage can severely decimate the harvest. This article will help with repairing or preventing this damage.

What Is Winter Burn: How To Care For Winter Burn In Evergreens

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Spring gardeners may notice that some of their needled and evergreen plants have brown to rust areas. This problem is called winter burn. What is winter burn and what causes it? Learn more in this article.

Misshapen Crops: How To Fix Plant Buttoning Of Stone Fruits And Cole Crop Buttons

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

If you?ve noticed unusual looking fruit or vegetable crops, then it is highly likely you are experiencing cole crop buttons or buttoning of stone fruits. What is buttoning and what causes it? Find out here.

Leaf Gall Identification: Learn About Preventing And Treating Leaf Gall On Plants

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Odd little bumps on leaves and funny protuberances on plant leaves may be a sign of pest, bacterial or fungal problems. Leaf galls are actually harmless but it helps to know what causes them. Learn more here.

Plants Poisonous To Horses: Common Plants That Are Poisonous To Horses

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener

Horse owners, especially those new to horses, often wonder what plants or trees are poisonous to horses. Take a look at some of the most common trees and plants poisonous to horses in this article.

Frost On Plants – Information On Frost Tolerant Flowers And Plants

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Most planting guides recommend installing plants after all danger of frost has passed, but you can also pick frost resistant plants. Learn more about these in the following article.

Information On How To Protect Outdoor Plants In Winter

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Protecting plants in winter can help prevent winter scald, frozen roots, foliar damage and even death. Cold weather plant protection takes a little pre-planning, and this article will help.

Tips For Care Of Plants And Flowers In Hot Weather

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

When the temps rise above 85 degrees F., many plants will inevitably suffer from ill effects. However, with adequate care, the effects of heat stress on plants can be minimized. Learn more here.

Signs Of A Root Bound Plant: How Do I Know If A Plant Is Root Bound?

By Heather Rhoades

The confined root system of a plant can become root bound if care is not taken to prevent this. Learn about root bound symptoms in this article so you can treat the issue before it's too late.

No Flowers On A Plant: Why A Plant Does Not Bloom

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Getting a plant to flower can sometimes seem like a daunting task. If you find that you have no flowers on a plant, the cause is usually related to a number of issues that can be found in this article.

Toxic Plants To Dogs – Plants That Are Poisonous To Dogs

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Dogs can be extremely vigilant in their quest for something to nibble on, including plants. Knowing what plants are poisonous to dogs can go a long way in keeping your pet safe. This article will help.

Information On Plants Poisonous To Cats

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

Like dogs, cats are curious by nature and will occasionally get themselves into trouble on account of this. You should always be aware of toxic plants to cats in order to prevent any future issues. This article will help.

Softened Water And Plants: Using Softened Water For Watering

By Heather Rhoades

There are some areas that have hard water, which has a high amount of minerals in it. In these areas, it is common to soften water. But is it ok to water plants with softened water? Find out in this article.

Protect Your Plants In A Freeze – How To Protect Plants From Freezing

By Heather Rhoades

Unexpected freezes can devastate landscapes and gardens. It can leave a gardener wondering how to protect plants from freezing and what is the best way to cover plants. Read here to find out.

Leaf Chlorosis And Iron For Plants: What Does Iron Do For Plants

By Heather Rhoades

Iron chlorosis affects many kinds of plants and can be frustrating for a gardener. An iron deficiency in plants causes unsightly yellow leaves and eventually death. Get more info from this article.

Yellow Plant Leaves: Find Out Why Plant Leaves Turn Yellow

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Just like people, plants are known to feel under the weather now and then. One of the more common signs of ailment is yellowing leaves. When you see leaves turning yellow, it's time to put your Sherlock hat on and do some sleuthing. This article will help.

How Can You Tell Plants Have Too Little Water?

By Kathee Mierzejewski

One of the biggest and most popular problems with regard to gardening is under watering plants. Too little water for a plant means it is not getting the nutrients it needs from the water or the soil. Learn more here.

Tips For Saving Cold Damaged Plants

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

How much cold will kill a plant? Not much, although this is usually dependent on the hardiness of the plant as and its climate. With prompt care, many of these cold damaged plants can be rescued. Get more info here.

Learn How To Avoid And Repair Transplant Shock In Plants

By Heather Rhoades

Transplant shock in plants is almost unavoidable. But there are a few things to know about how to avoid transplant shock and cure plant transplant shock after it has occurred. This article will help.

How Light Affects The Growth Of A Plant & Problems With Too Little Light

By Heather Rhoades

Why do plants grow with light? What kind of light do plants need? Do all plants need the same amount of light? How can I tell if my plant is having problems with too little light? Read here for more info.

Signs Of Plants Affected By Too Much Water

By Heather Rhoades

While most people know that too little water can kill a plant, they are surprised to find out that too much water for a plant can kill it too. Read this article to learn the signs for an overwatered plant.

How To Tell If A Plant Is Dead And How To Recover An Almost Dead Plant

By Heather Rhoades

How do you tell if a plant is dead? While this may see like an easy question to answer, the truth is that telling if a plant is truly dead can be a difficult task sometimes. Find out more in this article.

What Causes Brown Edges On Leaves Of Plants

By Heather Rhoades

When a plant gets brown edges on leaves or brown leaf tips, a gardener's first thought may be that this is a disease or pest that is attacking the plant. This is not the case. Find out what it is in this article.

Preventing Frost Heave In Your Garden

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

If you garden in a cold area or even one that experiences several hard frosts each winter, then you may need to consider protecting your plants from frost heave. What is frost heave? Learn more here.

How To Protect Plants From Frost Damage

By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden

The threat of frost is on its way. What do you do? First of all, do not panic. Anytime there is a threat of frost, you need to take precautionary measures to protect tender plants. This article will help.

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