In addition to looking at your yards micro-climates look at creating watering zones in your landscape so that you can give each plant exactly what it needs. This way you keep each plant healthy by giving it – not too much, or too little water – and you avoid wasting water while reducing the amount of time and effort needed to maintain your garden. Zoning is a simple way to manage water use and maintenance more effectively. Consider dividing your landscape into three watering zones: high watering zone, moderate watering zone, and low watering zone.
- High watering zones may be small, visible, highly maintained areas, home entrances and grassed areas. This is where your thirstiest plants should be planted. These areas are typically conveniently located so they are easy to water.
- Moderate watering zones may need occasional watering in addition to natural rainfall to maintain health plant material.
- Low watering zone is the area of lowest water need. Once plants are established little, if any, additional water is required.
Knowing the amount of sun exposure and rainfall your garden area receives will help you group plants with similar needs. Putting the right plant in the right place ensures your garden will be healthy while saving water. Incorporate native or low-water use plants to conserve even more water.