Water-wise gardening

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(KTSF by Jessie Liang)

What are the earth-friendly and more  efficient ways to water your garden?

Garden for The Environment sustainable garden education manager Hilary Gordon says, “This grass has beautiful orange color all year around, and moves in the wind and has lots of interests to your garden whether or not it’s winter or summer. So this is one of my favorite landscaping plants for low-water use.”

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Gordon adds that water-wise garden is better to include California native plants which are the best for the Mediterranean climate. In addition to the tall grass, African daisies can grow with little water as well. “They would just go dormant and rest during the dry part of year. When the winter rains came again, they would begin to grow. And next spring, they would look just like this again,” Gordon said.

GFE executive director Blair Randall does not suggest using overhead sprinklers to water your garden because it’s evaporated easily especially in a windy day. Randall suggests using drip irrigation system because there’s a long plastic tubing that has holes which gives water right to the plant, right at the soil. So very little water is evaporated .

Randall also suggests using mulch, “Mulch is covering bark over your garden, and that is kept over your garden soil, and that keeps some water in the soil actually. So it helps to reduce the evaporation of water from the soil.”

Other water-wise irrigation methods are using rain barrels, gray water systems which reuse laundry and bath water. If you’re interested to learning water-wise gardening, you may register for a workshop by Garden for The Environment at gardenfortheenvironment.org or call 415-731-5627 for more information.

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