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I've been wondering for a long time about the slopes and berms where most of my plants sit. When I water, it usually runs around the berm and down the slope. Makes me wonder how well the root zones get watered. These areas are all covered with shredded organic mulch, but by this time of summer, it's pretty compact and tends to shed water instead of absorbing it. When I dig down into the earth a few inches, it's pretty dry.

Would like to know how others deal with this, since it seems such a waste of water to let it run until the desired area gets moist.
Posts: 4683 | Location: zone 6b, Missouri | Registered: Sep 19, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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can you dig a moat around each plant to direct water to its roots? or is it too steep for that?
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Would a soaker hose work?

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Posts: 6823 | Location: north Georgia mountains  | Registered: Dec 12, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Either a soaker hose or one of those cheap oscillating sprinklers that don't put out so much water all at one time.
It takes longer! I don't much care for soaker hoses since they cover such a small space and need moved often.

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I think the 'moat' idea might help, except for the big maple tree.

I really hate soaker hoses, don't you? They have to be dragged around and then rolled up with all that dirt on them. Ick.
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