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Old 06-16-2007, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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Default Effects of rain versus well water

I've been watering my trees and garden for the last few weeks due to the lack of rain. Yesterday we got about 6 hours of showers, and some light rain during the night. This morning my yard, trees, and gardens look amazing. Why does rain seem to benefit plants so much more than well water? Anyone? When I lived in the city, I thought the difference had to do with the chemicals (chlorine, fluoride, etc) in the municipal water, but well water doesn't seem to help the plants much either.
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Old 06-16-2007, 07:02 AM
 
Location: City of the damned, Wash
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I think it may have something to do with coverage or amount. The same thing happens to my yard when it rains.
Also when you water, it's usually sunny and hot, so plants aren't as happy as when it's cool and rainy. One summer I watered only at night and everything looked better for it. You might want to invest in a timer.
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Old 06-16-2007, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Northern MN
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I always water before 6 a.m. or after 8 p.m., I was thinking it may have something to do with the humidity when it rains and a plants ability to gain moisture from the air...I've heard that lightning increases nitrogen in soil but wonder if it somehow "charges" raindrops too. Thanks missy...
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Old 06-17-2007, 05:11 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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If you live in a very humid area you don't want to water at night. There won't be time for it to "dry" and you can end up with fungus

Karla
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Old 06-19-2007, 11:32 AM
 
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Rain, especially that which falls during a thunderstorm, will have more disolved nitrogen in it than well water. It's just one of those Mother Nature things.
The rain as it falls through the nitrogen rich air picks it up. Rain stored in a barrel or something soon loses the gas.

And you know how your plants LOVE nitrogen!
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Old 06-19-2007, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Jax
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Rain, especially that which falls during a thunderstorm, will have more disolved nitrogen in it than well water. It's just one of those Mother Nature things.
The rain as it falls through the nitrogen rich air picks it up. Rain stored in a barrel or something soon loses the gas.

And you know how your plants LOVE nitrogen!
This totally makes sense .

Padgett, any idea how long it takes for the nitrogen to leave stored water? Is it hours, days or weeks?
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Old 06-19-2007, 07:19 PM
 
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I have no idea. It's just one of those facts that I have stored in the garbage bag brain of mine. However, I would think that it would be fairly quickly.
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Old 07-29-2009, 04:29 PM
 
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Default Effects of rain vs well water

I have experimented with impingement nozzles using well water for woody ornamentals, with nozzles mounted well above plants and about ten feet apart. The plants seemed to be getting some nutrient from the air. There was no runoff even after several hours. This was during bright sunny days and none at night.
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Old 07-29-2009, 07:44 PM
 
Location: rain city
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Rain, especially that which falls during a thunderstorm, will have more disolved nitrogen in it than well water. It's just one of those Mother Nature things.
The rain as it falls through the nitrogen rich air picks it up. Rain stored in a barrel or something soon loses the gas.

And you know how your plants LOVE nitrogen!
It's true. A good summer thunderstorm will do more good in a few hours than watering all day every day. The nitrogen burst is a drug for plants. They love it.
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:49 AM
 
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This article was VERY helpful! Thank you!!
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