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Your Landscape Sentinels

Remember the sentinels in your yard.

With the lack of rain and heat in the forecast, Don't forget your silent landscape sentinels. 
The trees, bushes and evergreens in your yard are also affected by the lack of rain. Evergreen trees don't normally show the signs of stress until the second year of growth after they are stressed. Their needles on the new growth will then be yellowed or redden. Your other hardwood trees may develop leaf droop. Sometimes they can recover thru the evenings with rain and lower overnight temperatures in the 60's. But, if this heat and lack of rain continues, I would recommend watering your landscape giants. For them, Locate the outside span of their leaves on the ground, (this would be the root line), and place a hose with the water on a trickle and let it sit and slowly soak into the ground surrounding your trees and bushes. A soaker hose would also be effective for low and slow watering around the base and root line of your trees.
A little help for these landscape sentinels will pay off in the end with shade for your home, yard and patio's. Also preventing you the expense of removing a dead tree and/or possibly replanting with a new one.

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Steve ® July 10, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Thanks Craig. I like the idea of having a direct inline feeder, just have to work out the aesthetics in my head. This would be awesome for vacations, I feel bad now asking the neighbors as it is getting more and more every year.
Craig July 10, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Steve, I know how you feel. Usually the plants in the beds can tolerate no water for a few days. But not the hanging pots, they cook fast in the heat.
Steve ® July 11, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Now you've got my head working and my wallet open but it's a huge time saver which means it will pay for itself in a few days. Drip irrigation will be installed soon, also purchased parts to make an awesome DIY underground lawn irrigation system including timer for a little over $300. Don't' even have to rip up the lawn I can do it all from my berms. So I tracked my watering last night, this includes the entire lawn and annuals and soaker hose on the new arbs. 1680 gallons! 450 was on the arbs. lol at 3 gallons from the dehumidifier.
Bob McBride July 11, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Steve, maybe a bank of dehumidifiers. I'm thinking at least a 500 or so in your case.
Steve ® July 11, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I think your on to something Bob! Just after I get my Obama subsidized wind turbines up to pay for the electricity. Hope you guys live close, the dew point is about to drop big time. Well at least until I dump it on the lawn every night.

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