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Show #38/4112. Gardening In The Heartland

When Establishing Plants Irrigation May Be Needed

This garden is designed very well but it is also irrigated very well. They try to use plants that are drought tolerant and tolerant of Ohio's conditions, however they do have to ensure survival, especially during establishment. These plants were planted in September, in order for them to be hardy enough for winter the roots needed to be well established. They use a pop up sprinkler which is an industry standard. They must be pop up to get over the foliage but they also must be low to the ground, otherwise their snow plows would shear them off. An 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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