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mhaithaca
mhaithaca
Shower time
My baby sycamore has been looking quite thirsty, with some of its leaves turning brown, and I've been pouring a pitcher of water around its base every day all week. Last night as the sun was going down, I decided to fire up the hose and give the whole yard a bit of a shower so the lawn wouldn't dry out too badly, Even if we get some predicted thunderstorms, I'm not anticipating enough of a drenching.

ThirstyI bought a snazzy nozzle for the hose a few years ago, since the old nozzle leaked, but I almost never actually use the hose for anything. Last night, though, I cycled through all of the nozzle's settings, using the mist to water the bushes near the door, using the spray to get most of the lawn near the house, and using the narrow stream at various angles to get some water into the corners of the yard. It wasn't a 100% thorough approach, but it should help the lawn from getting too parched.

Even if it's not perfect, I don't want my lawn to end up looking like some of Cornell's is starting to. (See right.)

As I was getting the hose uncoiled, I noticed the neighbors had a sprinkler going. A sprinkler would also make a fine mechanism for cooling off humans. :-)
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From: (Anonymous) Date: July 8th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your tree might be happier if you watered it less often, but more deeply. A pitcher every day doesn't soak in very far, and encourages shallow root growth.
Sandra
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: July 8th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thanks. I was trying to accomplish a good soaking with the hose.
aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: July 8th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Sprinkler

IN this heat, I'm not sure how effective sprinklers are unless you leave them on for a long time ... they tend to spray a fine mist, a good deal of which actually evaporates before hitting the ground.

I agree, a good deep watering with your hose nozzle on the "drip" setting ... just lay the nozzle next to the tree, use the thinga-ma-jiggy to keep it open, and water for about 15 minutes.

When I was a kid, on hot summer days, we would set up the sprinkler in our back lawn and run through it ! Definately cools ! One day, we took one of our canoes and filled that up with water, like a very skinny swimming pool - but for a 10 year old, it was the perfect size and I remember it as being heavenly ...

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