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Irrigation-Free Landscaping Explained

Irrigation-Free Landscaping Explained

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Published by: LongfellowMPLS on Jul 23, 2012
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COMPONENTS OF THE IRRIGATION-FREELANDSCAPE1. THE SITEThis particular landscape type is for sites that are prone to hot / dry conditions, where plants easilyshow signs of drought stress without supplemental water. Using a combination of drought-tolerantplants, an innovative planting technique, and a drought training for the plants, the landscapes canexcel and thrive despite drought and without any supplemental irrigation.2. SITE PREPARATION As deep root growth is essential to the survival of plants in the irrigation-free landscape, the soilon-site must be decompacted and amended if particularly clay-heavy.3. PLANTING, DROUGHT TRAINING, MULCH As plants in the nursery setting are watered every day, they grow accustomed to this regularwatering and must be weaned off of it. They also need to develop a deep root system in order tobe able to withstand drought. Thus, each plant is planted in its own watering basin (see photosbelow), and the watering is spaced out across the first growing season so as to cause the plant tobecome accustomed to periods of no precipitation. Mulch is then applied.

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