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Waterwise Gardening for Home and Small Acreage Owners of the Oliver Area - British Columbia, Canada

Waterwise Gardening for Home and Small Acreage Owners of the Oliver Area - British Columbia, Canada

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Waterwise Gardening
for Home and Small Acreage
Owners of the Oliver Area
Paula Rodriguez de la Vega  November 2011 Adapted fromToni Boot and Janelle Parchomchuk,
 Xeriscape Design Concepts for Large Lots; Solutions to the Challenges of Landscaping on the West Bench,December 2009.
 
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About this Publication
This manual was
originally written in 2009 by Toni Boot and Janelle Parchomchuk and titled ‘
XeriscapeDesign Concepts for Large Lots, Solutions to the Challenges of Landscaping on the West Bench
’ as part of a West
Bench Irrigation District initiative. We thank them for their permission to use it as the basis for thismanual.The revision of this manual was spearheaded by the
Oliver Communities in Bloom
Committee in orderto:
 
Educate residents of Oliver and Rural Oliver (homeowners with yards & small acreages) aboutgeneral water conservation methods for their gardens and backyards (excluding agricultural fieldsor vegetable gardens).
 
Introduce xeriscaping concepts to residents, so they are more aware of options to reduce water useon their properties or lots.
 
Share water conservation lawn care knowledge with residents, especially newcomers who are notaware of the need for efficient waterwise gardening techniques for the Okanagan.This booklet was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Town of Oliver, Area C of theRegional District of Okanagan
Similkameen
, and the “Oliver Communities in Bloom”
Committee.
Waterwise Gardening for Home and Small Acreage Owners of the Oliver Area
is not just a
‘how 
to
 xeriscape’
 manual. It also includes information on how to save water on lawns, and how to manage and reduce therisks of soil erosion present in silty soils such as those along Black Sage Road.To get the full benefit of the colour in this publication, it is best to download and save it on your
computer. If you choose to print the document, use a colour printer and 8.5” x 11” paper (Let
ter size).To reduce paper use, print on both sides.This icon represents a particular design consideration or implementation process that canresult in cost-savings when converting a landscaped lot in Oliver or Rural Oliver to xeriscape.This icon represents a special Tip or Idea.
 
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Table of Contents
Introduction....................................................................................................................................................... 3 Xeriscaping in the Oliver Area .......................................................................................................................... 4Planning and Design ..................................................................................................................................... 5How to Start a Plan, The Base Plan, Design Considerations ................................................................... 6Tips for Low Maintenance Design ............................................................................................................ 7Soil Analysis and Amendment ...................................................................................................................... 8 Amending the Soil ..................................................................................................................................... 8 Acidic or Alkaline Soil: Checking Soil pH ............................................................................................ 10More Depth on Soils................................................................................................................................ 10Practical Turf Areas ..................................................................................................................................... 12Conserving Resources on Your Turf Area .............................................................................................. 12How to Remove Your Turf ...................................................................................................................... 14Plant Selection ............................................................................................................................................. 18Grouping Plants by Water and Sun Requirements (Zonal Planting) .................................................... 18
“Spread the Word –
Not the Weed
....................................................................................................... 19Plants That Help Birds and Pollinating Insects, Plants That Deer Avoid ............................................. 20Efficient Irrigation ....................................................................................................................................... 21Start with a Good Irrigation Design, Zones ............................................................................................ 21 When to Water ........................................................................................................................................ 21 Watering Frequency, Soil Penetration .................................................................................................... 22 Watering New Plantings .......................................................................................................................... 22Irrigation Systems ..................................................................................................................................... 22 Automatic Timers and Monitoring Weather .......................................................................................... 25System Maintenance and Water Audits .................................................................................................. 25Mulch ........................................................................................................................................................... 26Benefits of Organic mulch: ...................................................................................................................... 26Inorganic Mulch ....................................................................................................................................... 27Mulching Tips .......................................................................................................................................... 27Maintenance ................................................................................................................................................ 28Managing and Using Rainwater Runoff ......................................................................................................... 29Steps to Harvesting Rainwater ................................................................................................................. 29Driveway Runoff, Roof Runoff ............................................................................................................... 30Landscape Features to Capture, Distribute, and Infiltrate Rainwater ................................................... 31Boulevards in Oliver (a Message from the Town of Oliver) .......................................................................... 32Tips for Xeriscaping on the Boulevard .................................................................................................... 33Plant Lists

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