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Re: Re: Crazy weather/ flooding

Is the Extension Service pushing " Rain Gardens" in your area? They are here, to help limit the problem you mentioned. It's amazing how much water even a small one will hold and then release slowly into the landscape.

Zone 7a
Gardening on Heavy Clay

----- Original Message ----- From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, March 10, 2006 7:46 AM
Subject: [CHAT] Re: Crazy weather/ flooding

Not too surprising......when the soil, especially clay, is so dry, it
practically bakes, and becomes rock hard. When it rains, the soil is not porous
enough to soak it in, and often it rains so much at one time, in a short time,
then quits.....the ground never softens up enough, so it all just puddles on
top or runs off.....causing the flooding. Happens here a lot!! It's only
after several rains that the soil loosens up enough to allow for absorption.
All the concrete everywhere (here anyway) doesn't help any. Such a waste of
rain, when one thinks that the ground never benefited....all that good stuff
went straight into the storm drains. Don't get me started......

zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 3/9/2006 11:02:36 PM Central Standard Time,
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