by Kent Braaten
on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 8:07pm.
Design it right! Survey your property and make notes about the land’s topography, existing vegetation, soil type, rainfall, wind patterns, lighting and areas where water collects.
Improve your soil. Plants need healthy soil. Improve your soil with compost to help clay soils improve absorption and sandy soils hold water.
Group plants together based on their sun, soil and water requirements. For instance place your sun-loving plants in the sunniest part of your yard.
Focus on native plants and perennials. Native plants originate in your region and will be used to the soil and climate. Perennials come back every year. Both can be quite low maintenance once they’re established.
Water in the morning. The best time to water is early morning when evaporation is less. Whenever you water, try not to leave standing water on plants as this could encourage mold or disease.
Clear debris and any dead vegetation from the winter months.