Q.Garden Hit By Hail. Sob.
Many of the squash and tomatoes have badly damaged leaves. Have waited 10 days but they are not coming back. Should I prune off the damaged leaves? Would that help the plants recover?
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The damaged leaves will never recover, but they will continue to carry out photosynthesis. Pruning will not, usually, help the situation, and can promote disease. Squash are very prone to infections.
The tomatoes, however, will enjoy a good pruning.
The best advice to follow, at this time, will be proper watering. You will want to water, only, when the soil has dried completely down to at least 2 or 3 inches. Soil that does not have a chance to dry out some will slow down any recovery.
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