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Water-Wise Landscaping for a Sustainable Garden

Read about Climate and Microclimates

As you choose the plants to transpire in your yard, focus on your regional climatic condition and sub-zones in your yard. Select species that are native, or non-native, but adapted to the temperature regime and average precipitation rate in your region. Choose the plants to be planted in the specific areas that they are suitable to grow in terms of sunlight, wind, shade and soil conditions.

Upgrade Your Irrigation System

In this way, it is recommended to use water-saving equipment such as drip irrigation, a controller that adjusts the frequency of watering according to the climate, and rain devices that turn off watering during precipitation. Ensure the sprays do not impact on sidewalks or streets, but only on the plants. Divide your system by the water requirement of the plants that are in the same region and require similar watering.

Go Drought-Tolerant

Choose such plants that require little or no water after they have been planted. For instance, California native plants of desert plants, and most plants that originate from the Mediterranean region are water-wise. Don’t worry, you can indeed have grass even in areas that experience high traffic; simply opt for low-irrigation turf grass species.

 

Use Lots of Mulch

Mulch the plants with organic matter such as wood chips in a bid to minimize evaporation and weed growth. Composting is also able to replenish soil as it degrades. This should be done to ensure the trunks and stems do not rot by brushing against the soil or water.

Plant Densely

Space plants that need complementary amounts of water to form botanical ‘communities’ that give shade to the roots and change the climate of the area. This eliminates cases of bare dirt which comes with the need of irrigation frequently.

Harvest Rainwater

Divert the downspouts, to rain barrels and cisterns, to provide free supplementary water for irrigation. Only ensure they are free from mosquitoes and are cleaned often.

By implementing such sustainable landscaping, you can develop and maintain a healthy garden without abusing the precious resource of water. Every decision you make in your yard has a direct implication on the state of conservation of natural resources in your locality.

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