Moisture Stress severely impacts virtually every plant process, such as:
Plants stressed by drought are more susceptible to certain pest problems including boring insects and stem and root disease pathogens. These secondary invaders are often responsible for the ultimate decline and death of the plant.
As drought conditions become persistently more intense in many regions, landscaping with species that are considered to me more drought tolerant should be considered whenever possible. Integrating large mulch beds into landscapes can also help to conserve soil moisture and reduces the competition for water from trees, turf, and other ground cover. Proactive plant health care programs are important so that if drought and water restrictions develop, plants can better tolerate the resulting stress. During a drought period, plants should be monitored closely for pest problems and treatments should be applied as warranted to prevent further damage.