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What To Do About Tree Stress

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Duke Forest Durham Division, Durham, North Carolina, USA (Wikimedia Commons)
Downy serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea), bush in bloom. Also called "sarvis", or "shadbush" because it blooms in early spring when the shad are running in the rivers. It prefers moist soil, and does well at the edge of woods, leaning out toward the sunshine. Duke Forest Durham Division, Durham, North Carolina, USA.

On this week's horticulture day, host Charity Nebbe discusses how trees become stressed and what you can do about it.

After a stressful year, it may come as a surprise that our plants may be feeling it too.

In this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks to Jeff Iles, the chair of the Horticulture Department at Iowa State University, to get some advice on tree stress relief.

“Trees have long memories. They're not like elephants but they do have long memories,” Iles said. "Anything that happens to them this year will have good and bad effects on them down the road."

He was joined by horticulturist Cindy Haynes to answer listener questions.

Guests:

  • Jeff Iles, chair of the Horticulture Department at Iowa State University in Ames
  • Cindy Haynes, associate professor of horticulture, ISU
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Zachary Oren Smith is a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River