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By Halle Kowalewski

Know how to care for plants in the heat of the summer


Last updated 8/16/2018 at 1:12pm

Halle Kowalewski

Soil salinity and excessive heat are both responsible for the "burning" of plants' leaves. Though there are many methods to limit this damage, some plants, such as the Three Flower Maple, are not suited for the California climate and burning is unpreventable.

It's no secret that the summer weather is particularly taxing this year. Around town, air conditioners break, ice cream shops thrive and the Costco freezer section is full of people trying to avoid the heat

The record-breaking heat wave, partnered with an inordinate lack of rain, has sparked fires and adversely affected the community's plants and wildlife. Shrubs wilt in the summer heat and many have gained brown patches that look strikingly like burn marks, caused by the sun's intense rays. This year, it is particularly important to know how to help plants recover and grow back stronger t...

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