Better Planning = Smart Planting
Jul 31, 2013
Additional tips to consider during Smart Irrigation Month and every month.
- Work with your local climate and choose native plants.
- Plan your irrigation zones carefully. Irrigation zones are areas that are watered by the same irrigation valve and plumbing. Install extra connections now for future expansion and changes.
- Examine planting sites for wind and sun exposure, both increase water consumption. Consider special use areas, if any.
- Group plants based on their water needs. This helps protect plants from over-watering and under-watering by allowing for customized watering zones.
- Minimize turf areas. Turf typically requires more water than many groundcovers, shrubs, and trees. Plant turf where it will be utilized and enjoyed.
- Install "smart" controllers that automatically adjust watering based on evaporation, soil moisture, and rain.
- Plant shade trees for a little natural cooling. They will help lower soil temperatures and reduce soil moisture loss.
A desert landscape conversion doesn't mean you're "stuck" with only members of the cacti family. There is a large palate of attractive, desert plant material that can help reduce your landscape water consumption.