After months of lugging a bucket or two a week up the steep hill to the Haas avocado tree we it finally succumbed to the combination of the heat wave and our poorly drained soil.
It had taken a few hits in the past where it dropped all of it's leaves but the branches always remained green and pliable. This time it's not coming back.
If it would have just made it another month or so until the rain starts back up I think it would have gotten big enough to survive the summer heat. You can tell by this picture that lugging the 5 gallon bucket of water up there each weekend was no easy feat. That was a lot of work with no fruit for the effort.
This is the Stewart avocado we planted at the bottom of the hill. It had gotten bigger than the other and the soil here is better draining. I think that combination helped it survive - barely.
The branches remained green and there are small leaves starting. Hopefully there won't be another heat wave and this one will continue to grow.
I'm going to try again at the top of the yard as soon as possible.