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Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.

Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Tips For Creating A Water-Wise Garden

by Eugene Jones

A yard filled with colorful, ornamental plants adds curb appeal to your home. If you live in an area that is drought prone, you may think that a lush garden will be hard to create and maintain. However, there are many aesthetically pleasing plants that can grow in dry conditions and not suffer under full sun. The following guide provides tips on creating a water-efficient garden that will survive a drought.

Choose Water-wise Plants

While plants need water in order to grow and carry out photosynthesis, some plants can survive and even thrive when there is a shortage of water. If you want to line your yard with fast growing trees or shrubs, purchase container specimens from a reputable nursery.

Fast-growing trees and shrubs that can survive without much water include:

  • Species of crape myrtle
  • Big leaf maples
  • Sumacs
  • Many types of conifers
  • Sage
  • Junipers

Flowers that produce vibrant and prolific blooms that you can grow in a water-wise garden include:

  • French marigolds
  • Catmint
  • Morning glory
  • Black-eyed Susan
  • Numerous types of colorful zinnias

A licensed landscaper can also suggest the best plants for a water-wise garden that are appropriate for your climate.

Analyze Your Soil and Create a Sun Chart

While you cannot change drought conditions, you can adjust your soil to make it more amenable to cultivating plants. A landscaper can conduct a soil analysis and let you know how to improve nutrient levels.

In addition, a gardening expert can teach you how to create a sun chart for your yard. The chart will provide you with a guide to the sun patterns in your yard and help you plan where to place plants.

Use Mulch

Adding mulch to garden beds is an easy way to help plants survive hot conditions. Mulch holds moisture in the soil. Plants will not dry out too fast and roots will stay cool. You can choose from several types of mulch including wood chips, peat moss and hay. You can also create your own mulch from grass clippings after you mow and compost.

In addition to keeping soil moist, mulch also helps to control weed growth and prevents soil erosion.

Rake and Hoe to Break Up Soil

Compacted soil that results from dry conditions is detrimental to plant growth. The hard soil does not have air pockets or adequate drainage. When you notice compacted soil around your plants, use a rake or hoe to break up the soil and increase drainage.

For more information, contact JK Landscape Construction or a similar company.