flower beds are raised -- hopefully because you add a thick
layer of organic mulch twice a year -- you may want to
consider digging small basins in the center of the beds to
capture as much rain as possible.
technique, a variation on
to dig or drill narrow, deep holes spaced apart in a circle
around trees and shrubs. These holes will fill with
rain which will then seep into the soil. To do this
effectively, you may have to line the holes with strong but
permeable material to help prevent the sides from collapsing
into the holes while allowing water to escape into the root
zone. Really coarse gravel or small rocks may also
keep the holes from collapsing. Deep watering like
this will encourage trees and shrubs to grow deeper,
stronger roots. And deeper roots mean more stability
when winds howl across the landscape in Spring and Fall.
in its better known and more expensive form, involves
digging a sizeable pit on your property which will receive
water from rain runoff from your roof. This means rain
gutters and downspouts must be installed. The pit must
be lined with a strong, permeable material and have an
overflow to channel excess water safely away from your home.
Water will seep from the pit into the surrounding soil, thus
"irrigating from underground".
5. Our last
suggestion: add a
cistern to capture rainfall
which you can then use by pumping the water out for
irrigation. A cistern is essentially a shallow well or
pit that fills with rainwater, rather than groundwater.
The sides and bottom are sealed to prevent water from
escaping and the system must have an overflow drain.
For a cistern or an infiltration pit we strongly recommend
that you consult with a landscape architect. If water
overflows in the wrong direction you may have serious
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Death by Drip Irrigation.
For decades drip irrigation has been recommended as a good
way to water plants with little or no wasted water. But it
turns out they may be dangerous for your plants' health!
At a recent presentation at the
Mediterranean Garden Society, there were experts who
advised against using those tiny drip emitters because
basically they do not provide sufficient water for plants to
survive. Larger emitters -- one inch in diameter -- may do
the job correctly. And now there are new water-efficient
sprinklers, too and rain-sensing irrigation systems that
save water and your plants, too.