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Effects of wind & salt air on plants

Posted by carol6ma_7ari zones 6 %26 7a (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 29, 11 at 12:43

Hurricane Irene brought in a lot of salty air (we're 800 ft. from the ocean) and here's the local summary (easternmost RI) of the effects:
-maple trees unaffected, willows and large old trees lost some limbs, other trees lost only small branches and lots of leaves and twigs.
-roses, bayberry, ilex glabra (inkberry) unaffected.
-lilacs, mock-orange, summersweet bushes all have withered and desiccated leaves on windward sides.
-Perennials, hydrangeas, asters all OK. vegetables unaffected.
-grapevines (wild) all show many leaves turned white side up by the wind.
-2 dwarf young fruit trees leaning over from wind; so I righted them, held them with stakes.
So our plants made it through but some better than others. Also, our power (in the whole town) went out 10 AM Sunday and probably, considering national grid's past record, won't be restored for a week or more. Luckily, this is a weekend place, so we just drove back to town. I read that half - HALF - of the entire state of RI lost power!


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RE: Effects of wind & salt air on plants

I am noticing that my vines and tender plants are just now withering. Not only did we have wind and salt but we live on the bay and were flooded over by about 10 inches of salt water.

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