Wednesday, August 31, 2011

ALPHABE-THURSDAY..."T" as in TREES


Welcome to Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Ms. Jenny over at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent." Today we are studying the letter "T" as in TREES.

In Texas we are in the middle of a drought. I know that's probably hard for the folks along the east coast to believe, but in Texas it is dry! We've also had record high temperatures. I guess in the last 25 days or so we've had one day where it didn't go over 100, and that's because we actually got a little badly needed rain that day. We've had temperatures as high as 109 and then when you factor in the humidity it feels even hotter.

It's really started stressing the water supplies. We're fortunate in that our town has voluntary water restrictions. We can water every other day during certain hours. Some of the surrounding towns have very strict water restrictions.

All of this is hurting lawns, shrubs, and TREES. I water as much as I can, but it's never enough. Over the years I've been trying to grow a forest in the backyard with seedling that were given away on Arbor Day. Some of the smaller ones are a few years old and they're suffering the most. Can you see the little one in the center of the picture? It's only a couple of feet high and it's losing leaves. I guess it's competing for water with the big Live Oak in the background.


And one of my little Pine TREES is starting to droop...



Our last water bill was $400!

I don't have St. Augustine grass back there because of the shade. It's just monkey grass that I let grow all over the yard along with the weeds. Monkey grass is normally used as an edging around the base of TREES and along flower beds and grows kind of tall. I leave it tall around TREES and beds and then mow it short every place else. Right now the yard needs mowing, but I'm waiting for the temperature to go below 100 before I mow. I have someone that mows the front, but I do the back myself. For the most part I've managed to keep the grass and shrubs green.

Anyone that's every flown into Houston will tell you how green it is when you look down from the plane, but it's not as green this year. In parks and natural areas large trees are dying. I try and give my large trees a deep watering every once in a while by leaving the hose run slowly under the tree for a couple of hours.

All over the area TREES are dying. I went to a local park today and took some pictures.







There are areas a lot worse, but it was over 100 and I didn't want to stay outside too long taking pictures. I've noticed a lot of pine TREES dying, but I read in the paper that when they're stressed from the drought the pine bark beetles move right in.

The good news is that the temperatures are expected to drop towards the end of the week...all the way down into the 90's! Brrrrrr. They also say it may even rain. I sure hope so because I'm tired of watering. I also want to get outside and do something. I'd love to take a nice long walk. I find myself avoiding going places because of the heat. I've been putting off regular grocery shopping and running into the store for one or two items at a time. I just don't feel like lugging a lot home in this weather.

Now head over to Ms. Jenny's for a list of this week's participants and for information on how you can join in the fun!




















24 comments:

  1. beautiful.
    love green post.

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  2. Wishing you and your poor trees some rain! I know it's brutally hot out there. =<

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  3. Praying for rain for you and hoping that tropical storm that's in the gulf will bring it on without devastation! It was hot here in the Ozarks earlier, and we, too, have a lot of trees that are showing the evidence with brown leaves. But, thankfully, we had almost 4 inches of rain this month that helped relieve our drought.

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  4. Gosh, the weather is just devastating there, too.

    It is almost scary with the extremes of climate happening. I really hope we all get rain and cooler temps soon. It is definitely getting old!

    Thanks for a terrific link this week, Betty. It's nice to see you here.

    A+

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  5. OH my goodness all hat draught. Sad for the trees. Great T word

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  6. I'm a transplanted San Antonioan and now in Clearwater,, right across the Gulf.. If I could huff and puff I'd send all the water we get each day.. yes, every day around 2pm we get about two hours of tropical thunderstorms.. it's soggy out all the time... Let me blow them west!
    Following from Ms. Jennys
    Sandy

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  7. I wish it rain for you, burning grass and trees are not good, and $400 water bill is ouchy..

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  8. Stacia said it: it's brutal. Same mindset here in Atlanta. No rain, in the 90s every single day for months it seems. I'm so sick of trying to keep the tomatoes alive and my apple trees.

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  9. Although we are not going through a drought here (for once), lightning hit my well last week and I am out of water! Arghhh....my trees are also out of water!

    There were so many problems from the storm that I have to wait in line for the repairman....

    I feel your pain...

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  10. Here in Tucson, we can NEVER get enough rain! That's why we have rocks for lawns instead of grass. I really miss grass, but I certainly don't want to pay a $400 water bill. That sounds like my air conditioning bill!!!

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  11. The all time record for days over 100 degrees in Texas is 69. I heard on the news you were just a day or two short of that - and no end in site.

    I feel so bad for you Texans then in New Jersey they have too many feet of water - totally lost their homes.

    Man, sandie

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  12. Wish I could help you and your trees. We're awfully dry here too, but not as bad as your drought. Hopefully you'll get your rain this weekend.

    Teresa

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  13. I wish you could have gotten a little of Irene's rain.

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  14. I am sorry you are not getting the moisture you need! We had such a wet spring and hot dry summer. am tired of it! But I do love trees. I have pine trees all over my yard. They are huge and drop those little pine cones everywhere! Ah, but the shade is glorious that they provide! Take care!

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  15. Cannot imagine a long summer with that kind of heat. We lived at Ft. Hood for just a few months years ago but left in March so never experienced what you are going through. Wishing you good rainfalls very soon!

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  16. Nice pictures. A beautiful sky, great scenary with big trees.

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  17. I sure do hope your weather changes soon. No one wants the kind of disaster the northeast is enduring, but I'm sure most Texans and Oklahomans would welcome the effects of a gentle tropical depression or two.

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  18. So much of the country has been under drought conditions, but with the relentless heat in Texas, it has to be worse yet.

    I wish you September rains, my friend.

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  19. I feel so bad for the trees in your area. We've been having a very wet summer here despite the incredible heat. Unfortunately, it rained so much that there have been a lot of floods and mudslides that have ruined a lot of the forestry here. Wish I could send some of our rain to you!

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  20. Wow, your water bill is awful!!!!

    It really is so heartbreaking to see what's happening with the trees and bushes.

    I know we're all praying for rain. It's so sad to see all the flooding on the east coast, and here we need rain so bad......, but I sure don't want flooding either.

    Thanks always for your encouraging words on my blog!

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  21. I hope most of those beautiful trees can survive.

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  22. Oh dear! Tuff Temperatures Take Toll on Texas Trees!

    Hope you get some cooler weather and much needed rain! It is hot and humid here in coastal Georgia.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comment about the art I do and of the photos :o)

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  23. Poor trees :(

    This has been an awful hot summer!

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  24. Even here in Germany, the fires in Texas and now Oklahoma made it into the news. So sad...

    Greetings from Germany,
    Birgit

    PS: See my T post here! :)

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