April 16, 2007

Conserve Water and Still Maintain a Beautiful Yard With These Tips

Water Wise Gardening

Even with the City of Dallas current water Restrictions, you can still create an attractive garden without using large amounts of water.

The trick is soil preparation and mulch. These are essential in a water wise garden. You need to develop a nutritious drained soil to support plants during drought. A good mulch will:

• Add nutrients and humus to the soil as it breaks down,
• Keeps the soil temperature level,
• Allows for deep and infrequent watering,
• Encourages earthworm activity which creates channels for the passage of water,
• Suppress weed growth.

Soaker hoses and line drippers are low pressure watering systems that are designed for placing under the mulch. The hoses deliver water directly to the plant’s roots over a period of several hours. Inline drippers may also be used for lawns.

Group plants with similar water and light requirements. This way the plants will not be over or under watered.