CATCH THE RAIN: SHAPE THE SOIL

go! Platteland - - NO-WATER GARDENS -

Un­less you are in one of the rare places with too much wa­ter and poor drainage, plant es­tab­lish­ment and growth will al­most al­ways ben­e­fit from di­rect­ing rain­wa­ter to the root zone. This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant on slopes. Shape soil to cre­ate a small dam or bowl around the plant, with the hol­low be­ing about the size the plant canopy will be in year two or three. If you get heavy rain, it’s a good idea to plant into a small mound within the soil dam. Rocks can be used to sta­bilise loose sand and soil that won’t stay in place by it­self.

If your site has large rocks or slopes, look out for mi­crosites that may be dryer or wet­ter as a re­sult of wa­ter move­ment, and se­lect plants ac­cord­ingly.

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