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Preparing For The Dry Weather

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Tho Cfardmm-'i Monthhj in its "Hints f or July " says : " On account of the very dry spring which lias prevailed through so widt! m extent of tovritory, the timo is oomlng when transplftnted trees of tho past f'ull and spring will suffer more than during any other part of tho soason. If they show a vigorous growth of young wood, no dangerneed be apprehonded, as it indicatcs that tho roots are activo, and c;m supply all the moisturo the foliage ralis for ; but if 110 growth has been made, no roots liave been fonnod, and tho loaves uro living for tho most part on the sap of tho wood and bark, and hot drying weather will teil with injurious oiFoct upon traes. This is gonerally first shown by tho peeling off of the bark on tho south-weatern side of tho tree,- tho inostdrying aspect; and whero suuh exhau8iion appeara probable, much relief may be afforded by cut ting baok some of tho brauohoK, syrinping with water ocoasionally, shading tho trees whera practicable, or wrapping thetrunk in hay bands or ehfiiling the aouth-west with boughs or boards Plants set against walls and piazzns fnquently suffor from want of water at this aeason, when evon tho ground noar thom is quite wot. Draw away tho soil around oanh )lant so as to form a biisin ; iill in with a bucketfull of wafor, allowing it time to aoak grndually away, and when the surface has dried alittle, draw inloosoly the soil over it, and it will do without water for sorae weeks. This applios to uil plnnts wantiiig water through tlie season. If water is inorely pourod on tho surfaoo it is made moro compact by tho weight of wator, and tho harder the soil beoomes the oasier it dries ; and tho rosult is, tho moro wator you givo tho moro is wanted. Keep tho prunhig-kuife busy tlirough tho teecs and shrubs, with the objeot of seouring goud form. Judgmout will soon teach one which shoots would spoil tho shapeif not taken out. ïho pruning-kuife will often savo the troe whon even tho water-pot would fail. In most kinds of soil the keeping the surface loose by hoeing and raking in dry weather will bo au excellent method of keeping the mam body cool and moist - admitting the air which is a good nonoonductor. In soils, howevor, which aro deficiont in loam, and ir. whii'h Sftnd pré vails to a graat (.xfcnt, frequent stil have a drying tendoncy, and a timlohing of short gi'" oaying vegetable matter of ttny kind, will be found vory u,uful arouud transplanted tree8, shrubs and other things. It must, however, bo bonte in mind that loosening the surfaee soil is not always pulverizing. Aftor loosening the soil, sou. o way sliould 1h fodnd to prcss it fiim agam. It is tho pressure whioh pulverizas, not the looscniug."


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