A waterwise garden can be easy, fun and ultimately require very little maintenance.
And, it can also be beautiful! You don't have to sacrifice having a beautiful garden to be greener and save water. Here are some tips.
Use less lawn - Try alternatives to traditional thirsty grass lawns. Groundcovers, dwarf ornamental grasses, succulents and pebbles are low-water options.
Choose the Right Plants - When selecting plants for a new garden choose plants that don't require as much water. Plants with naturally deep root systems or with the ability to store water longer or go for longer periods without water. Consider using succulents, cacti, ornamental grasses and native perennials.
Water directly - Don't waste water with overhead sprinklers. Water your plants directly with soaker hoses and drip irrigation. Both of these systems apply water directly to the root system reducing water evaporation significantly. When you water with your hose, use a hose-end watering wand with an on-off switch so you can turn the water off as you move from one plant to another.
Water correctly - Water your plants deeply. When you water more deeply each time you water you can water less often. Watering less often but deeply, your plants will develop a deeper and stronger root system which will be better suited for periods with less water. Water early in the morning between the hours of 4am and 8am this will also reduce evaporation.
Mulch - Add a layer of mulch around your plantings. A 1.5 - 2 inch layer of mulch will help hold moisture in the soil around your plants root system. And keep the root system cooler. As a bonus fresh mulch gives your garden a neat and clean appearance.
Here is an example of landscape done by Armstrong Garden Centers Installation and Design services:
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