South GA drought could impact area plant life

South GA drought could impact area plant life
Dry weather is creating some harsh conditions for south GA plant life. (Source: WALB)
The effects of South Georgia's fall drought could linger into spring. (Source: WALB)
The effects of South Georgia's fall drought could linger into spring. (Source: WALB)
Doug Collins (Source: WALB)
Doug Collins (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The effects of South Georgia's fall drought could linger into spring.

A University of Georgia extension agent said that he is concerned about larger landscape plants surviving the very dry conditions.

It hasn't rained significantly in a month, and it looks like it will be more than a week, and possibly longer, before the area gets another good rain.

Shallow-rooted perennials, like azaleas and dogwoods, will suffer without watering.

"This coming year we may find that some plants don't come out in the spring because of the drought. I have seen one dogwood tree where the leaves just died on the tree, that is a sign the tree is dead," said Lee County Extension Coordinator Doug Collins.

Collins recommended monitoring shallow-rooted plants and water them as necessary until the first freeze, which is usually mid-November.

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