Category Archives: Water Conservation

Mulch Your Garden!!

Another week goes by, and for most of us, no significant rain. Prolonged drought can take a toll on our lawns, gardens and landscapes. For the last several weeks, we’ve been looking at practices and steps we can take to help our gardens and landscapes deal with the drought and conserve water. These steps include: 1) planning your landscape with water conservation in mind; 2) using plants adapted for our area and your soil type; 3) having practical turf areas; 4) improving the soil prior to planting; 5)… Read More →

Watering the Landscape & Garden

We are quickly approaching summertime weather conditions as the temperature steadily climbs a few degrees every day or two. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll be going into summer on the very dry side. Which means we will need to water landscape to minimize drought stress, or at least keep things alive. Of course, using more irrigation water means our water bills will dramatically increase. And increased usage can put a strain on some community’s water resources and ability to deliver water to maintain critical infrastructure functions during prolonged… Read More →

Preparing Landscape to Cope with Drought – Part 3

As the current drought wears on, you are probably making sure your yard and garden don’t suffer from lack of water. You are probably also keeping an eye on your water bill too, which will only go up as the weather gets hotter as spring turns into summer. In recent posts, we’ve been looking at ways to prepare the landscape for drought conditions and also practice water conservation. Developing a landscape plan with these goals in view is the first step, and choosing the right plants for your… Read More →

Water Conservation – Part 2

A couple of weeks ago, I began a series to look at how we can get our lawns and gardens through the tough times of drought. We’re using the Earth-Kind ® model, developed by horticulturists with Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Earth-Kind Landscaping uses research-proven techniques to provide maximum garden and landscape enjoyment while preserving and protecting the environment. The objective of Earth-Kind Landscaping is to combine the best of organic and traditional gardening and landscaping principles to create a horticultural system based on real world effectiveness and environmental… Read More →

Landscape Water Conservation – Part 1

I knew it! It happens every time! Just as I planned to write on water conservation and drought preparedness for our landscapes, we get much needed and welcome relief from the rain storms that passed through our area this week. I should have planned on writing about this topic months ago – maybe it would have rained sooner! You’ve probably heard of the hydrological cycle – the fate of water as it falls as rain, goes into aquifers, creeks, rivers, lakes and the ocean, and evaporates back into… Read More →