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UUCB grounds volunteers

NW Holly bush watering

Last summer volunteers planted 17 holly bushes in the northwest corner of our grounds. For the bushes to stay healthy, they need at least 1" of rain each week. If not, we need to water them on Fridays, preferably in the morning or evening, not during the heat of the day.

First check the rain gauge, located to the right of the portico hose-reel boxes, to see how much it has rained since the previous Friday.

If there is 1” or more in the gauge, do not water the bushes. But empty the rain gauge and while you are there, it would be great if you could dig out a few weeds around the bushes or along the nearby curbs!

If there is less than 1” water, soak the holly bushes:

  1. Uncoil and drag the green hose next to the mulch pile to reach to the furthest holly bushes that are behind the arbor vitae trees, nearest the path.
  2. Place the end of the hose under the wood chips next to the farthest bush.
  3. Turn water on at the reel boxes by the portico at the hose splitter by turning the lever farthest from the portico so it is parallel to the hose and listen for a gushing sound. See “WATER ON” photo.
  4. Check the time or set a timer and snooze it for 5 minutes each time. If you are able, dig out any weeds around the bushes and nearby trees or along the path while the water runs.
  5. Move the hose to the next holly bush after about 5 minutes.
  6. until all the bushes have been soaked.
  7. Turn off the water using the lever behind the reel boxes by the portico.*
  8. Coil up the hose back beside the mulch pile, off the grass, for next time.
  9. Be sure to empty the rain gauge so we can measure next weed's rain.

*Please do not turn the water off at the building spigot, only at the hose splitter!

Thank you for helping these bushes thrive and grow!

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