Re: [gardeners] Rocks

penny x stamm (
Thu, 21 May 1998 23:06:46 -0400

Well, George, I was thinking about how you would tackle our
current aggravation 'cause you always seem to keep your head 
clear in a gale force wind -- 45 years ago when the entire
neighborhood moved in together, our one neighbor put in a 
dividing berm between us of mixed evergreen trees (which
are today about 60 ft tall).  Fifteen years ago we added azaleas,
rhodies, hollies, cotoneasters and such on our side of the
slope. These shrubs should have the perfect drainage, since
our property is much higher in front than the back, and they
are all planted coming off the berm. Not so, unfortunately, 
for there is visible water seepage half way down the hillside.
We are the highest elevation in town, and the Town Board 
knows of no natural underground stream in the area. 

We've popped the azaleas near the seepage, and did find a
strange high water table underneath. Kept losing plants, so
I dumped coarse gravel in the hole, and replanted the azaleas
rather high, and last year everything survived and thrived! 
Now here we are in late spring again, and the water is showing 
thru on the surface once again. There's a string of those 60 ft tall 
white pines just 4 ft above this area, and I cannot very well tunnel 
under them to trace the water further back. 

Could you follow my description...? And just what would you 
decide to try now...? [Moving to Louisiana or South Dakota is
not a fair answer....] 

Penny, NY

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