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Hot and Dry

A weekend storm brings relief for the yard, but Norm Schilling finds some of his plants have too much or too little water, or too much sun. How to tell the difference...

Norm Schilling is the owner of Schilling Horticulture.

Schilling Horticulture Group won 5 awards at the Southern Nevada Water Authority's Landscape Awards Competition this year.

1st and 2nd place in the category of "Residential Design by a Professional"
1st and 2nd place in the category of "Multi-family/HOA Design"
Star Nursery Color Award for a Professional
This is the 5th year in a row Schilling Horticulture has won 1st place in "Residential Design by a Professional"!


This Crape Myrtle shows stress of not enough water...the leaves show a distinct line of demarkation between live tissue and dead, and the dead tissue is located around the leaf margins (edges) and especially at the tip.



This Dwarf Mock Orange shows sun-burn...the tissue die-back is located in the portions of leaves most exposed to the sun, and the damage is less distinctly dilineated, fading out between live and dead tissue. It also sometimes shows in the center of a leaf, or on one side (more exposed to the sun) than the other.



This is how Dwarf Mock Orange should look...this specimen is growing mere feet away from the damaged individual, but receives shade much earlier in the day, around 10 a.m.



These grape leaves show the speckled discoloration that I associate with a pest that feeds with a "piercing/sucking" method of feeding. The damage shows as a speckling of off-color (brown) tissue scattered randomly throughout the leaf. But notice also there's still a LOT of green, healthy tissue and the damage amounts to less than 5% of the total...so while unsightly, the plant is still fine and healthy.