When landscaping, one of the best things you can do is to select the right plants for your yard, and plant them in the right place. The right plants are those that are either native or drought-tolerant. Since natives are well-suited for our region’s rainy and dry seasons, they often require less water and fertilizer to remain healthy than non-native varieties. Natives also tend to be more resistant to pests than non-native species, reducing the need for pesticides.
Before choosing your plants, make sure to analyze the sunlight, drainage and soil characteristics of your yard. Doing so will help you avoid selecting plants that are not compatible with what your yard has to offer.
Once you’ve selected the right plants, consider grouping them based on their water and maintenance requirements. Grouping the plants by their needs allows you to water and fertilize them on the same schedule. Next, plant them in the right place. Make sure that you are installing them in a place in your yard that “makes good sense.”
Planting under awnings, for instance, doesn’t allow plants to receive beneficial rainfall and will always mean you’ll have to water them yourself. Also, make sure that sufficient space is provided to allow the plant to grow to its mature size. That means no overhead, adjacent, or below ground obstructions. Finally, mulch your plant beds to keep moisture in and reduce the need for watering and weeding.
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