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Water damage

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Debbie16-Apr-01 11:06 PM EST   
Doug17-Apr-01 12:53 AM EST   
Jude17-Apr-01 01:55 AM EST   
carolin calgary17-Apr-01 01:13 PM EST   
Debbie17-Apr-01 04:08 PM EST   
Linda18-Apr-01 12:35 AM EST   
Louise18-Apr-01 04:01 PM EST   
Susan18-Apr-01 05:37 PM EST   

Subject: Water damage
From: Debbie
Date: 16-Apr-01 11:06 PM EST

I want to start a new bed this year around the perimenter of my deck. My problem is the underground sprinklers will probalby hit this bed. Although I am hoping that I can turn the sprinklers down a bit, it probalby will still hit the bed if we want to ensure the entire lawn is watered. My question is, does anyone know of any plants that don't mind the constant overhead watering. Last year I had some pots near the edge of the deck and they mildewed quite badly due to the sprinklers hitting them. Thaks for the help.

Subject: RE: Water damage
From: Doug
Date: 17-Apr-01 12:53 AM EST

My thoughts would be to look up plants that would survive in "bog" or "swamp" areas.. things like dwarf cattails, marsh marigold, arrow-leaf coltsfoot, meadowsweet (or meadow rue.. I dont remember which likes moisture, and a number of irises as well. These plants all survive in soggy soil and therefore probably would stand having water on there leaves.

Subject: RE: Water damage
From: Jude
Date: 17-Apr-01 01:55 AM EST

Sounds to me like you're watering your lawn way too often for it to be healthy for the lawn or anything else around it!

Subject: RE: Water damage
From: carolin calgary
Date: 17-Apr-01 01:13 PM EST

I have an underground watering system put in 3 yrs ago. Because of the size and shape of the yard both lawn and all flower beds get watered equally. I water once a week if it has not rained.Nothing seems to suffer. If some plants need more water I do it by hand or drag out the hose. As the previous note says sounds like you are watering too much if I interpret the word 'constant' correctly.

Subject: RE: Water damage
From: Debbie
Date: 17-Apr-01 04:08 PM EST

We are not overwatering our lawn, I guess I shouldn't have used the word constant. What I meant was when we do water the grass the flower bed will get watered as well.

Subject: RE: Water damage
From: Linda
Date: 18-Apr-01 12:35 AM EST

Can you change the head on the sprinkler by the new flowerbed? I assume that the sprinklers are on different zones. Could you water it less? One good watering a week shouldn't flood any flowers. Maybe the combination of hand watering and sprinklers added to the problem with the pots.

The only problem I have ever had with a sprinkler system is the plants growing too tall and blocking the back of the bed. If the spray is too powerfull it will beat the plants too.

Subject: RE: Water damage
From: Louise
Date: 18-Apr-01 04:01 PM EST

You could try some lillies, the Calla lily can be grown as a water plant.

Subject: RE: Water damage
From: Susan
Date: 18-Apr-01 05:37 PM EST

I think the suggestion by Doug is a good one - try growing plants that like moist conditions.Siberian irises would be a good choice.

What zone are you in? Is the area in sun or shade?

Astilbe likes most conditions if it's also well drained. Bugbanes like moisture and provide wonderful late summer/fall flowers (also called more atractively 'fairy candles') but they both like some shade too. Ostrich ferns or marsh ferns would work but both will spread so give them room. Some of the sedges like Bowles Golden sedge can provide a colorful, grassy look as can some of the woodrushes like Snowy Woodrush or Greater Woodrush which is evergreen but they need some shade. Japanese Primroses like wet areas. Rodgersias can provide spectacular large leaves and astilbe-like flowers.

But, as others have commented, you should first make sure that the sprinkler is set properly so it's not delivering too much water to the area.

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