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Gale-force winds can defoliate plants, spray them with salt, or even break or uproot them.
They can largely defoliate a rose plant in a short time.
It is a similar genetic inheritance to that suffered by Vietnamese families after toxic Agent Orange was sprayed by US troops during the war there to defoliate forests and expose Communist Viet Cong guerrillas.
And there is no connection between a man's refusal to defoliate and his masculinity.
Unfortunately, some caragana bushes defoliate during extremely hot weather.
Prinn of MIT painted a bleak picture of parts of the world after a comet impact: Under dark, reddish-brown skies, animals would be asphyxiated by the noxious and pungent air and burned by the acid rain, which would also defoliate trees, turn soils to powder and leave pockmarks on those rocks that it did not dissolve completely.
TCDD (tetra chloro dibenzo-dioxin) contamination in Vietnam originates from the armed conflict over the period 1961-1971 when herbicides were used to defoliate terrestrial forests and mangroves, to clear perimeters of military installations, and to destroy crops.
Lilacs are deciduous, so do not be concerned when they defoliate at this time of year.
We take for granted having the privacy of our own space to strip, wash, shave and defoliate.
This is a caterpillar that can completely defoliate a gooseberry bush in spring and summer.
A good start would be to begin to defoliate the poppy fields of Afghanistan and deprive the Taliban regime of a principal means of support.
When plants die back and trees defoliate for winter, I see the gift of compost material that will support next year's life.