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Old 08-11-2015, 12:12 AM   #1
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Can I save these bushes?


Hi everyone, I am fairly new to maintaining a green garden. These bushes were nice a full when we moved into the house, but with the rising heat this summer and the drought conditions in CA (San Diego area) these bushes got hit pretty hard.

I placed a soaker hose around the bases and water them either in the evenings or early morning (6-7am). They started to bloom a little tiny bit but it seems they are still struggling... whatever leaves are on it have a reddish tint, and not green like they should be. They are also located in the direct sun light for most of the day, and I get zero clouds around here.

Is there a way for me to save these guys? I'm not sure what else I can do. Water them more? (I really shouldn't.. since we are trying to conserve water). Place more mulch in the bottom? Cover them with a cloth to protect them from the sun?







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You should have 3 inches of mulch and water as much as you can.
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Take a soil sample at about a foot depth. If it doesn't show a moisture content of around 30 percent consider the culprit to be dry soil. To conserve moisture mulch is usually a good plan.

http://www.deldot.gov/information/pu...pdfs/doh_2.pdf
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