After a long winter, a blooming flower is a highly anticipated sign of spring's arrival. However, you may be taking a look at your own garden and realizing it needs a little help. Here are some other tips to help you plan the garden of your dreams without breaking the bank.
PICK THE RIGHT PLANTS
Do some research and find out what plants are native to where you live. These usually require less water because they have adapted to the climate already. Just note that most plants require more water when you first plant them, then you can taper off once they are settled.
Most places where hot summers and drought are common have water regulations set in place, so make sure you follow those before setting your own water schedule. The best times to water is at night or before the sun rises in the morning in order to slow down evaporation.
MULCH IT UP
Placing mulch strategically throughout your garden, about 3 – 6 inches high, will help keep the soil cool during those hot summer months and prevent water run-offs by trapping it into the soil.
If the goal of your garden is to avoid using too much water, stay away from fertilization. While it does help your plants grow faster, if done properly, it will require much more water in the long run. As an alternative, as listed above, use mulch instead.
Keep a bucket or rain barrel outside where it can collect any rain that may fall throughout the season. You can use this water in your gardening later. Not only will this help you save water, rain water is better for your plants because it’s 100% soft and has nitrogen which helps balance your soil’s pH levels.
While you plan your garden for the season, take note of the many water-wise plants available to you. Water-wise means, at most, they need to be watered at least once every two weeks making them perfect for the Utah climate. You’ll save money, time, and water, but still a have a garden worth showing off.