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5 Water-Conserving Tips for Summer Gardening

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If you haven’t give much consideration to the way you water, here are five suggestions that will save you money on your water bill by using water wisely and efficiently. If you’d like to read four additional tips, check out the source for this blog on Popular Mechanics.

1. Choose the Right Tool

A standard garden hose and nozzle is the least efficient means of applying water to plants because so much water is lost as mist, runoff and evaporation. Use a soaker hose or a sprinkler wand.

2. Water at Widely Spaced Intervals

With your lawn and perennials, it’s better to give them larger amounts of water at longer intervals than it is to apply small amounts of water frequently. That’s because shallow watering encourages shallow rooting. In very hot weather, a ballpark range for watering is every other day for perennials and every three to four days for shrubs. Again, make sure to monitor the soil moisture.

Water annuals and container plants as needed. Since container plants can’t draw moisture from surrounding soil, it’s crucial that their soil remain moist (but not wet).

3. Water in the Morning

If you water while it’s (relatively) cool outside, water can soak in before it evaporates on the surface. And if you do it in the morning, that helps the plant to take up the water during the day. Watering at dusk or even during early evening is OK, but you run the risk of fungus formation, because these organisms love dark and damp places. Plus, the darkness can make it hard to see what you’re doing (and, as noted, precision counts even when watering your plants).

4. Don’t Waste Water

Don’t soak the plant’s foliage; it does little good. And don’t apply water outside a shrub’s or a perennial’s root zone. A shrub’s root zone is roughly 1 to 3 times the diameter of its canopy, and keeping the water inside this radius will allow it to soak down to where the plant’s roots can reach it.

If you see water puddling or running off, stop; let the water soak in before resuming. Likewise, water that runs off your lawn or off the top of a flower bed onto paved surfaces does no good. The same applies to running lawn sprinklers: Water your lawn, not the side of your house or the driveway.

5. Use Cool Water

Don’t use a hose that’s been coiled up, filled with water and sitting in the sun all day. That coiled hose can act like a water heater, and hot water stresses sensitive plants. Store your hose in the shade. If you can’t, at least run out the heated water before giving your plants a drink.

Water – Water – Everywhere . . . So Where Did It Go?

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You can’t have a beautiful garden if there’s no water to water it with. As I have written here before, and I will repeat again today, WATER IS A FINITE RESOURCE!  Without it, not only will our gardens dry up and blow away, but we will as well.

US Drought Areas
US Drought Areas

This may sound dramatic, but as I write this, millions of Angelenos are watering thousands of acres of unnecessary grass using antiquated and inefficient methods, which will waste millions of gallons of water – never to be replaced. This reality is bad enough in the best of times, but we don’t live in the best of times, we are now living with a natural disaster that has been declared the worst in this country’s recorded history.

Worst Drought on Record

As reported on July 14th on examiner.com and in the New York Times today, the United States has declared a natural disaster in more than 1,297 drought-stricken counties in 29 states. The declaration from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), includes most of the south-west, which has been scorched by wildfires, parts of the mid-western corn belt, and the south-east.

To continue reading … Eva’s Notes & News

Landscape Industry Show, January 12/13

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I’m off to see what’s new to the market place this year at the the mother of all landscaping shows this Wednesday at the LA Convention Center.

This is a “must-see” for any landscape designer or garden consultant who wants to keep current with what’s happening in irrigation and water management, water conservation alternatives, stone, rockwork and water features, out-door lighting, and, of course, sustainable gardening and drought-tollerant lawns, plants, trees and shrubs.

While this is a to-the-trade only show, I plan on walking my feet off, taking lots of pictures, gathering up all the goodies I can and will most definitely “tell all” in this month’s newsletter.

So, if you want to know what’s “happening” in the world of landscape design – how to conserve water – or what’s new in sustainable gardens, make a point of reading it. It’ll be out in a week or so – or if you haven’t signed up for it and want to … just click here.