Water Saving Gardens

Seven Steps to a Water Wise Garden

If you are thinking of going green in the garden, one of the best ways is to plant a water wise garden. 

Drought, pollution and water restrictions have created more interest in water saving gardens.  Gardens that use less water are termed xeriscapes

Xeriscape Garden North Brookfield

The xeriscape method of gardening uses far less water than traditional gardens do. 

For xeriscapes, choosing the proper location, using drought tolerant plants and utilizing new irrigation technologies are a few of the water wise steps. 

They will help you save water, minimize pollution and most importantly, give you a beautiful, low maintenance garden.


The Seven Steps to a Water Wise Garden

Look First at the Lawn

Lawns are the first place to find room for a drought tolerant garden.  There are many reasons for this.  Lawns need a lot of water and the high  maintenance required is expensive.   If you limit the amount of grass, your sustainable goals are in easy reach.   

Consider planting a rain garden to further help restore water to the ground and reduce stream pollution.  If you are replanting, there are many good drought tolerant varieties for your region.

               Less Lawn Rain Garden 



Plan and Design

It’s important to devote time to planning your water wise garden. 

Things to take into consideration include:


Soil Stuff

It’s always a good idea to get your soil tested before starting any project involving plants.  Your local cooperative extension office will have information and usually test kits available.   Once you know what kind of soil you have, you can add necessary amendments. 

Compost is good for any kind of soil.  Other amendments may include sand, coir (coconut fiber), lime, leaf mulch or vermiculite.  Your extension agent will be able to advise you on the best type of amendment for your particular soil type.

Soil amendments are used to increase the water and nutrient holding capacity of your garden.   The goal is to improve water infiltration and aeration. 

Soil Texture Triangle
Here is where your soil test results come in handy. The four most important factors to consider in choosing amendments are:

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