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WATERING 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 by hand
  • Typically, you may need to water at least three times per week
  • Water in the morning or evening
  • Don't water the sidewalks!
  • Newly planted shrubs and trees need deep watering regularly during their first summer in the landscape
  • 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.
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