Precious water can easily go to waste in the garden. Be mindful of this limited resource by planning a garden that makes the best use of water. If planned wisely, you can dramatically reduce water consumption, lower your water bill and still have a beautiful, productive garden even when rain is scarce.
9 Steps to Make Your Garden More Waterwise:
- Select trees and shrubs to plant when the temperature is consistently above 40 degrees and before the heat of summer.
- Choose waterwise or native plants such as ornamental grasses, succulents, silver-foliage plants and tough perennials. Look for plants in a variety of shapes and textures that will keep your garden interesting throughout the year.
- Choose plants that peak in late summer and early fall.
- Use drip irrigation or soaker hoses. Install a rain sensor.
- Install rain barrels.
- Create a rain garden to capture runoff.
- Choose large containers for planting as they dry out much less quickly. Use terra cotta only for succulents or cacti. Terra cotta pots absorb water.
- Install a drip irrigation kit with a timer for watering your containers.
- Use biodegradable mulch. Don’t mix wood mulch into the soil layer. Instead, allow it to decay in place. If you live in a wooded area, use shredded leaves or pine straw instead of chopped wood as mulch.