Friday, February 09, 2007
In today's Denver Post there's an article about how this winters' heavy snow will affect our landscapes and gardens, "Snow pack's gifts won't all be green." I'm sited for my concerns about our xeric plants long-term health in water logged soils. Unfortunately, as is sometimes the case, unknowing journalists tend to misstate or confuse the facts. There is a big difference between a plant being "hardy" for our region and a plant that has suffered root rot from sitting in saturated soils for weeks on end. At some point, almost any plant will suffer from soils that are so wet as to become anaerobic (without air). In other words, don't let the possibility of too much winter moisture (a rare occurrence here) keep you from using drought tolerant plants!