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Answering your gardening questions from asters to zoysia

Kansas City clay — it shrinks, it swells, and right now it cracks

about 5 days ago

These hot, sunny days have left plants wilted because their root systems are shallow, Dennis Patton writes. Ample to excess moisture, like we had this spring, tends to encourage root development close to the soil surface. These shallow roots don’t really need to work for moisture. As a result, as soon as the upper couple of inches dry out the roots don’t have access to the moisture deeper down in the soil — six or more inches.

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