Plan Waterwise Changes to Your Garden

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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:

  1. Select trees and shrubs to plant when the temperature is consistently above 40 degrees and before the heat of summer.
  2. 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.
  3. Choose plants that peak in late summer and early fall.
  4. Use drip irrigation or soaker hoses. Install a rain sensor.
  5. Install rain barrels.
  6. Create a rain garden to capture runoff.
  7. 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.
  8. Install a drip irrigation kit with a timer for watering your containers.
  9. 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.

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