It's coming back

dcsteg(5 Shawnee, KS.)July 12, 2012

After the last week of record breaking temperatures we finally got a break. I did notice sun scorch on some of my yellow conifers after temps went to 107 F. on the 7th.

'Skylands' for one. Burned needles on the top side of a few branches.

We have had no rain since June 11 and with the forecast of the heat wave returning this week end I have decided to screen.

Not something I wanted to do but a burned up 'Skylands'...who wants that. I would advise all to give a close look at your conifers and take the necessary precautions to get them through this unseasonal weather.


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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

Dave, do you have a sprinkler system? Grass is looking pretty nice (unless that is an older pic).

Nice screen by the way.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 12:03PM
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Silver lining: The days are now getting shorter (and my conifers are getting less direct sunlight) since we have passed the solstice. At least, that's what I keep telling myself...

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 3:11PM
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Garen Rees(6a)

That's a nice big shade structure. Shading the afternoon sun off my new Skylands was not enough and my poor tree got pretty burnt. =( I've since added to my shade fortress. Luckily my tree is small enough to provide shade directly overhead. Dave I hope your leader stays burn free.

I have run out shade cloth that my mother-in-law gave me and I need to find some more to save the rest of my burning babies. What is the material that you are using Dave?

The only gold conifers I have that are not burning at all in this heat and full sun are Metasequoia glyptostroboides 'Ogon' and surprisingly my first year in the ground Picea abies 'Summer Daze'. I would have thought for sure that a young gold plant without established roots would burn in full sun. Not sure if I'm just lucky but this ones been a bullet proof little guy for me.

I may have to stay away from buying gold conifers if we keep getting weather like this every year.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 8:18PM
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greenhaven(SW MI z6)

Oops, that reminds me...I need to set up some screens!!! My already-stressed 'Pimoko' is a goner, but my P. abies 'Pumila' is really starting to take a beating. My Montgomery Spruce looks remarkably good, though.

I am not happy that you all are struggling with your precious conifers but I am glad I am not the only one, that the heat is just going to take it's toll.

Garen, I am going to use landscape fabric to screen mine, but the one that's more fabric-y and not as much hole-y if you know what I mean. I think it will allow more sun through, but not too much.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 10:24PM
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dcsteg(5 Shawnee, KS.)

I would not use landscape fabric. To restrictive for good air circulation.

You can buy the 60/40 shade cloth at your local nursery.


    Bookmark   July 12, 2012 at 11:03PM
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Cher(6 SW OH)

I sure hope you don't suffer the losses of last year Dave. We are in drought and haven't had any significant rain in 2 1/2 months. Lots of plant loss here. They are saying 1 inch of rain this weekend, but I've heard it before. Good luck.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 7:24AM
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greenhaven(SW MI z6)

Heard, on the landscape fabric. I think I am going to do overhead-only screening, so I think it will be alright. We are up on a knoll so our breezes come from everywhere. :o/

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 8:19AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

hey dave ....

i would have a hard time looking at that screening.. all summer long.. it goes w/o saying.. that is why mine.. looks like it does.. lol ...

the SHADE CLOTH can be ordered from [among others i am sure] ... should you not have a local nursery.. i would never find something like that out here in the country ... one would also discuss with them ... the thingees to attach it to the poles ...

when i was doing a project.. their salesman.. spent a good amount of time with me on the phone .. and i had the stuff 2 days later ... shade cloth comes in varying densities ... 60/40 ... 50/50 ... 45/55 .. whatever the numbers might be.. i would suggest.. for this application.. its all the same ... but would defer to anyone with actual experience .. most likely.. and correct me dave.. this is what your nursery had in stock ... rather than stock of all variations ...

below is my project.. for my little white skinned freckle faced redhead ... want odds on whether he actually will sit under the cloth???? its not directly applicable to this situation.. but would be a great thing.. if you had 100 pots of stuff ... to keep pots out of the sun .. or to grow hosta w/o trees ... or to shade a patio on a new construction home ... snow is not a problem.. nor ice ...

its completely unbelievable.. standing on sand.. in sun.. at 100 degrees ... it will feel 30 degrees cooler with that shade .. especially with a slight breeze ... i would not have believed it.. w/o the experience .. and no.. i dont recall what % shade mine was ..


    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 8:48AM
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You can also order shade cloth online from home depot. They'll send it out with free shipping.
A 6 x 20 ft. strip goes for $32, and should be enough to shade many small plants.


Here is a link that might be useful: Shade cloth at

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 9:03AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

link i didnt have time to get to earlier..


Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 12:15PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

I went cheap, cheap, cheap and got landscape fabric. I only screened the southwest exposure so air circulation wasn't an issue for me. 50' on sale for $8.

Sprinkler system, no?

    Bookmark   July 13, 2012 at 4:55PM
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