August 19, 2020

The sun was burnt orange this morning, shining faintly through the heavy smoke layer. Wildfires burning in Vacaville and Fairfield leave a smoke haze across the San Joaquin Valley. The current debate is whether specific types of mask are better against COVID or against smoke.

I applied a dose of Wet Water to the rockroses in the front slope garden. The bottle that I found in the garage claims it is an ionized water treatment meant to address compacted soils and increase underground water retention. In accordance with the directions, I saturated the root system around the two rockroses and the cherry red salvia After the treatment, I laid down an additional layer of Preen mulch and watered it in. I will monitor the rockroses but do not expect much new growth for the rest of the dry season.

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