Seven Steps to a Water-Wise Garden
1. Take a survey of your yard to determine topographical conditions, microclimates (areas of shade, windbreaks, etc.), and health of the existing vegetation, especially during the dry season 2. Analyze the soil and use such additives as organic compost to boost water retention 3. Limit turf areas and use water- thrifty varieties of plants 4. Group plants with similar water needs together and emphasize drought-tolerant species 5. Mulch to limit evaporation, stifle weeds, and prevent erosion 6. Irrigate efficiently, avoiding fine-mist sprinklers and relying on slow-drip systems, such as bubblers and soaker hoses 7. Maintain the landscape by fertilizing, pruning, and applying pesticides-but don't overdo it DATA: BUSINESS WEEK
Updated June 14, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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