Thursday, August 03, 2006

Dry and Hot

July went out with less of a bang and more of a desperate gasp.

Not much is happening around my garden right now. My dogs have been digging in the beds along the back of the house, disturbing the roots of my roses. I have no idea when the last rain was. We have finally started to water a few times a week, in a desperate attempt to keep things alive.

I pulled up a lot of the annuals in the front bed- they were done blooming and had started to look scraggly. Since our garden is only two years old, my biggest worry is that the trees and shrubs we’ve planted won’t make it through the summer.

Brown, dead grass and fading trees in the back yard.


Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Maybe the dogs want cool damp ground to lie on? That's hard to find here in August. Do you have any old long time shrubs that hang over and make shade? You could water the ground in that shady area, then spread a bag or two of that shredded native Texas mulch and see if the pups will go there and leave your roses alone.

The local garden experts like John Dromgole say that it takes at least 2 years for most trees & shrubs, even the drought-resistant and native ones, to get established in Austin. They need an inch of water a week until then. I do water the trees, shrubs & perennials that we've planted over the last 20 months, but having to water grass really bugs me!

August 05, 2006 9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I thought that I would take this opportunity to remind everyone that
we are in a drought, and the water supply that serves the growing
human population in this area is deteriorating to the demise of the
native organisms of the area, since we (humans) are sucking it all up.
Please, do not be fooled by the floods and torrents of rain that will
be occurring over the next several days. The precipatation does
nothing but prolong the neverending drought that we are forever

Also, please be aware that the rain during the enduring drought causes
fire! Due to the unending rains during the drought, plants grow
exponentially, and create a great mass of combustible material that
will dry in the neverending drought, and cause a fire danger! Because
of the rain during the drought, the fire season is dangerously
threatening and will destroy the natural enviroment as it was intended
to be!

May 24, 2007 8:28 PM  

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