County Horticulture News
Salt Damage to Plants
Every winter, the Ohio Department of Transportation, city, county and township personnel spread hundreds of thousands of tons of salt on Ohio streets and roads. And, with the very robust winter, homeowners also have spread large amount of salt to melt ice and snow. When salt is splashed onto evergreen foliage by vehicles, or the wind, it can cause browning, die-back or be growth stunting. In extreme cases, plants may die of salt exposure.
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Water Houseplant Killer
Incorrect watering is possibly the number one killer of houseplants. The well-meaning houseplant grower will water too often by placing houseplants on a watering schedule with no regard for plant water use. Due to varying cultural factors such as soil mix, pot type, fertilization schedule, and changes in seasons (light and temperature), watering should be done on an as-needed basis.
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