Tuesday, September 08 2015
Use Native Plants for a Beautiful Water-Wise Yard.
Can you believe summer is already wrapping up? It seems we were just enjoying the beginning of the warmer season, and yet the fall is quickly coming our way. That doesn’t mean you need to store your pruning shears just yet, though. In fact, by investing some time and energy in your outdoor areas now, you can get beautiful blooms in the spring.
While preparing your garden in the past you may have opted for whichever plants caught your fancy, our current drought might shift your focus. When looking for ways to create a functional, beautiful outdoor space and reclaim your yard from the arid California climate, opt for native plants. Not only will these plants be much more drought-tolerant and consequently require less water, they will also add seasonal interest of textures and flowers throughout the year.
When planting your native selections, avoid overcrowding them and group them together based on the amounts of hydration they require. Cover your flower beds with at least 3 inches of mulch to prevent evaporation and protect your roots from the heat.
Once you get your foliage planted, lay a drip irrigation system and adjustable timer. This will conveniently deliver the water your plants need without waste so your garden can stay beautiful throughout the year while still being water wise.
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