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When to start watering perennials?


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Marcia28-Mar-01 03:22 PM EST   
The Budding Poet.........................Zn4b28-Mar-01 06:47 PM EST   
Linda29-Mar-01 12:50 AM EST   
Ed29-Mar-01 02:24 PM EST   
Linda29-Mar-01 02:41 PM EST   
Glen29-Mar-01 03:46 PM EST   
Marcia30-Mar-01 10:51 AM EST   
Ed30-Mar-01 02:22 PM EST   
Linda30-Mar-01 02:59 PM EST   


Subject: When to start watering perennials?
From: Marcia
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Date: 28-Mar-01 03:22 PM EST

Hi,

We've had such a dry winter in Edmonton and I'm concerned about my perennials. Is it too early to water them?

Thanks


Subject: RE: When to start watering perennials?
From: The Budding Poet.........................Zn4b
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Date: 28-Mar-01 06:47 PM EST

Marcia Zn?

(No need to water!) Here in the east under mountains of snow our hearts bleed for you.

Albertans Please excuse the DRY sense of humor. I was not aware your plight was so serious. Memories of fighting forest fires years ago sure drove Linda's point home.


Subject: RE: When to start watering perennials?
From: Linda
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Date: 29-Mar-01 12:50 AM EST

To the Budding Poet - our heart bleeds for you too when it freezes in august or early sept.

Marcia

You can start watering anytime. there doesn't appear to be much frost this year so don't worry about it washing away. The perennials will come up when the soil is warm enough.


Subject: RE: When to start watering perennials?
From: Ed
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Date: 29-Mar-01 02:24 PM EST

I'm not familiar with your situation in Edmonton, but my guess is that your perennials, like mine, will do just fine with what watering Nature provides.Methinks thou becom'st impatient.


Subject: RE: When to start watering perennials?
From: Linda
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Date: 29-Mar-01 02:41 PM EST

Alberta has had very little snow cover all winter. all water levels are low. If we hadn't had snow last week the forestry were going to start their fire crews in March. Now we are waiting on rain or they will be up and running in April. So my advice is if they are dry water!!!! Make sure to water all evergreens and wash them of at the same time.


Subject: RE: When to start watering perennials?
From: Glen
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Date: 29-Mar-01 03:46 PM EST

Here in Regina, many (most?) people keep the outside water faucets turned off from inside the house until early or mid-May. If we use the outside faucets any sooner, we run a good risk of the brass fixtures freezing and then cracking.

Do you keep your water turned on outside all winter in Edmonton?


Subject: RE: When to start watering perennials?
From: Marcia
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Date: 30-Mar-01 10:51 AM EST

Hi Glen, We also turn our faucets off from the inside for the winter. But I can turn the water on now, do my watering, then unhook and drain the hose and turn the water off again. The last step is to open the outside faucet.

What concerns me is that if I water now and the roots start to wake up, then if there's one last frost, will the roots be damaged?

Any ideas?


Subject: RE: When to start watering perennials?
From: Ed
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Date: 30-Mar-01 02:22 PM EST

The addition of moisture at this time of year will not initiate growth and a sudden sharp drop in air temperature will have little or no effect on soil temperature an inch or more below the surface where the temperature even in mid-winter, snow cover or not, never approaches anywhere near the severity of air temperatures.If, as I suspect, your soil is still frozen, watering will do neither good nor harm, it will simply not penetrate to the roots. If and when your soil is no longer frozen watering can do no harm, but until the soil warms up the plants will remain as dormant as they were all Winter.


Subject: RE: When to start watering perennials?
From: Linda
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Date: 30-Mar-01 02:59 PM EST

Here in Alberta we have the know how to install outside taps that can be used all winter. I suggest that if the basement isn't finished that you visit the local hardware store and inquire.:-)Just don't leave the hose attached as that is another messy story!!!!


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