Water-efficient Landscaping
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   Here in the Pacific northwest, we have such wet winters but have summers that can be so dry.   With our increased population growth, the need for more irrigation water begins to make us see the importance of water efficient landscaping.
    It all begins with planning and design, whether you want to renovate an existing installation or start fresh with a new one.
   Soil improvement is a must in any landscape but it is most important in a water-efficient one.  By adding organic soil amendments, water retention and proper drainage is improved. 
   Choose plants that fit the location.  By placing plants that have similar light and water needs together will ensure better success and maximize your water efficiency. 
   Know your plants' water needs and be able to recognize the signs of water deficiency.  It is better to water deeply and less often. 
   Use mulches to keep the surrounding soil around a plant from losing moisture and to keep cool.
   Keep up regular landscape maintenance.  Remember, weeds compete for the water and nutrients!
    Monitor your irrigation system regularly to see that it is delivering the correct amount of water and that it is going to the right place.
   Lawns require more attention and can actually require more maintenance than other plants.  Evaluate your situation.  A less-thirsty alternative may be better.