Drought Proofing Six Tips for Saving Water

Save water, time and money by creating an efficient landscape. Limiting the number of times that plants need to he watered is critical in areas suffering from drought conditions, and makes gardens everywhere easier to maintain. Here are six steps for drought-proofing your garden:

/. Convert little-used areas of lawn to garden beds filled with j drought-tolerant varieties of flowers, shrubs and foliage plants. Native plants demand less water than transplanted exotics.

  1. Plan your landscape design so plants with similar water needs— ,i low, medium, high—are grouped together. As a result, water won't be wasted on plants that don't require it.
  2. Dig out and amend the planting site three or four inches deeper than normally recommended. Plants become more drought resistant when their roots are encouraged to grow further into the soil.
  3. Condition the soil to increase its ability to absorb water. Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss holds up to 20 times its weight in water, like a sponge, and releases it to thirsty plant roots as needed.

This characteristic will also help gardeners keep their plants healthy with less plant food because Canadian Peat dramatically reduces the effects of leaching—the washing away of nutrients.

  1. Decrease evaporation with a two-to-four inch layer of mulch. Placed around plants, mulch will save water by allowing it to penetrate the soil more deeply. Plus, mulching reduces weed growth, and serves as a decorative ground cover.
  2. Plants should be watered deeply, at ground level, preferably with drip irrigation devices. Watering correctly will allow you to water less frequently.

Plant Selections

Annual beauties include Geraniums and Impatiens (pictured), as well as Pansies, Sweet Peas, Snapdragons, Marigolds, Zinnias and Petunias.


Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.

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