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Bone dry under the skin! Beware July rains!

Posted by linnea2 z5 NY (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 9, 04 at 9:04

Looking at my Miss Kim Lilac hedge after the last couple of rains,
they looked stressed and starting to curl up the leaves.

Going into the soil, it was dry dust 1/8" below the surface and down.
They have some mulch still, but basically got nothing from the
last storms.

We laboriously "force fed" water, holding the wand pressed against the
soil next to the trunks until the water began to absorb into the
root ball and surrounding soil, (there are 35 of them) until
every one
was thoroughly moist way down (checked with trowel).

They look a lot happier now.

These were planted last season and have grown and flowered well.

Just thought I'd give alert, in case anyone else is fooled by these
heavy rains that in some areas just wash over, without absorbing
into the ground.

More recent plantings were fine, but some one and two year old
plantings were definitely suffering.

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RE: Bone dry under the skin! Beware July rains!

My yard is pretty dry as well.

I'd like to get some rain barrels in the future, and I was thinking of using them to fill gallon milk jugs that I had cut slits into. Then, I'd place the jugs around the garden. Sort of a drip irrigation system. Does that sound like it'd work?

RE: Bone dry under the skin! Beware July rains!

  • Posted by dian57 M-H Valley NY-5 (My Page) on
    Sat, Jul 10, 04 at 6:04

Funny timing on this thread. I just moved some plants around my yard this past week. Last evening I dragged the sprinkler out of the shed. After only 1/2 hour or so the grass around the transplants really perked up. I spent most of the night moving the sprinkler around the yard every few hours. Everything really was too dry, despite some impressive, but short, rainstorms lately.

RE: Bone dry under the skin! Beware July rains!

The sprinkler is going out in front right now and will be moved to the back garden in another half hour. The weather forecast is for at least 10 more days with only isolated thunderstorms and they won't be much help.

RE: Bone dry under the skin! Beware July rains!

I think we're all in pretty good shape now. It was raining most of the night and is raining pretty hard this morning. I think we're looking at a couple of days of this, hopefully too much water won't damage anything.

RE: Bone dry under the skin! Beware July rains!

The newspaper says tornadoes and hail. Yikes!

Now, all my weeds will have a growth spurt!

RE: Bone dry under the skin! Beware July rains!

This is the stuff we needed!
Everything's going to be happy now.

I love this kind of summer rain, so kindly!

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