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Monday, June 18, 2007

Designing Dry Climate Gardens

by Judith Phillips

  • The garden must be appropriate to the place, both the site itself and the greater ecosystem of which it is a part.
  • Loosen the soil well before planting.
  • Add good quality compost as organic matter if needed.
  • Capture water runoff from hard surfaces to use during dry periods.
  • Group plants by their suitability to conditions in a particular area.
  • Consider using plants that can be supported primarily by precipitation and water harvesting.
  • Limit turf and other high water landscape features.
  • Use drip or low flow irrigation equipment.
  • Use mulch to limit moisture evaporation, suppress weeds, and control erosion.
  • Proper garden maintenance, weed management, pruning, deadheading, mowing, and pest control.