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Irrigation Can Be A Good Insurance Policy For Your Garden

Irrigation is critical in Cincinnati. When the Spring rains hit it's great. But there's a point in July or August where the rain stops, they might get a half inch of rain in 2 or 3 months. So, without a backup you can't get the beds to look good. It's a very inexpensive insurance policy. They don't like to irrigate to just water, they water very carefully. This is a very intelligent use of water.


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Spring ephemerals are some of the first plants to flower in the early spring long before most trees leaf out. They tend not to like the heat and will quickly disappear if temperatures get above 80 degrees. Spring ephemerals leaf out, bloom, go to seed, spread themselves about and then enter dormancy; they don't really die. All this happens in a two-month period, making them some of the most efficient of the flowering plants. That is what makes these plants so very special. Read more...


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