Can You Say Flooding?

I talk about this area of my yard as several things: the world’s largest compost heap, part of the wildlife garden, the wooded lot–you get the idea.  It’s about a quarter of our roughly one acre property and it is wooded on all four sides.  We have a little path into it that we use to dispose of our lawn trimming when we don’t mulch, our yard debris and our brush, which we use to create a snag pile for the wildlife.  Since it is wooded on 4 sides, it’s pretty much hidden from the neighbors most of the year and no one objects.

Late last week when I had cut down the tomato plants in advance of the very cold nights that were to come, I was dragging the remains of those plants into that lot and I came upon this newly carved ravine.  I’m not sure if it was made by the 7+” of rain that fell with Irene of the 4+” of rain that fell from the remnants of Lee since they fell so closely together and I don’t think I had occasion to go into the lot between storms.  If I had to guess, I might say it was Lee, though, since our part of the state got more rain in a faster period of time from that storm.

I have no idea why the ground gave way there.  I would have thought with all the trees and shrubs surrounding it there would have been enough roots to keep it in place.  But it’s an interesting little phenomena that’s never happened for so long as my husband’s owned the property (21 years).

We’re just fortunate that it happened there and not in our basement!

2 thoughts on “Can You Say Flooding?

  1. Evan Williams September 26, 2011 / 8:52 am

    Karla,We have a tract of land in Maine that looks like that. It self mulches from the trees overhead and then rains will break away the soil created by the leaves. What remains is rocks and roots . There is enough rain run off to make that happen.

    Speaking of too much rain. Are the brown leaves (not foliage change) on certain bushes being hurt by brown leaf damage that I have to assume is from humidity. When it is drier next year will they be OK? Is there nutritional support I can give?

  2. gardendaze September 26, 2011 / 9:23 am

    There’s a lot of discussion about all the leaf browning this year. Two things are going on. One is that we had a very dry period in late July and early August and that caused part of the premature leaf drop from drought (hard to remember that now!)

    The second problem is that a lot of fungal diseases were caused by our very wet spring followed by our very, very wet August/September. Again, this should be a one time problem. If the leaf problems you’re having are fungal in nature, be sure to clean up around the plants and don’t compost the leaves–that will only help the problem persist in the landscape for years to come.

    If the leaf problem is scorch from the drought, not to worry. So long as the plant is relatively healthy, it should recover nicely. But even if it is weak, the last thing you want to do right now is feed it. Feeding a stressed plant usually only promotes further disease and insect issues.

    Good luck and let me know if I can help further!


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