TIPS FOR YOUR GARDEN
Xeriscaping is a way to garden
using a minimum of water and energy. The following techniques are a
must in dry-weather climes, but also provide useful guidelines for environmentally
conscious gardeners everywhere.
- Make sure all the plants
are receiving water
- Even if you are using
soaker hoes, there may be plants that will still need to be watered
- Typically, you may need
to water at least three times per week
- Water in the morning or
- Don't water the sidewalks!
- Newly planted shrubs and
trees need deep watering regularly during their first summer in the
- When hot and dry conditions
prevail, established wood plants would benefit from a deep watering
every several weeks.
- Group plants by their
water needs. When possible, put high-need plants in naturally wetter
areas of your school property.
- Test your soil. Add organic
matter when necessary - maybe from your own compost pile - to increase
your soil's water-holding capacity.
- Mulch. Cover plant beds
with composted leaves or grass to help retain moisture.