I spend the better part of my work week outdoors helping homeowners create beautiful low water-use landscapes and functional outdoor spaces. I also see (or hear about) dozens of landscape problems that have simple solutions.
Today I’ll share three common landscape problems and how they can be corrected rather easily.
I’m tired of hand-watering my crispy grass all summer long, I think I need an irrigation system.
Solution: You don’t need an irrigation system — you need a more heat-tolerant landscape. For very sunny areas, plant beds with sun-loving Texas native plants and only keep grass where it is the healthiest and does the best. By minimizing your lawn, or getting rid of it altogether, you’ll save a lot of time and water. You may even be eligible for WaterSaver Landscape Coupons to help you with your project!
The grass in my side yard is thinning and dying and now I’m left with a mud pit!
Solution: This isn’t your fault and there’s nothing you can do to bring back the grass. What you need is a simple redesign with shade-loving groundcover like frogfruit or horseherb. This groundcover will also help prevent erosion. You may even be eligible for Irrigation Design rebates and WaterSaver Landscape Coupons to help you fix this very common problem.
I have irrigation in my garden bed, why are the plants at the front of it dry and dying?
Solution: I bet the irrigation heads in that bed are behind shrubs or plants that have grown taller and the water is not able to clear them to get to the plants in front. The best solution for this is to convert the irrigation zone in the bed to drip irrigation. Drip tubing or emitters are placed in the root zone of all plants and weep slowly so every plant gets watered efficiently — as long as it’s programmed correctly.
Remember, for any of the solutions involving an irrigation system, you need to schedule your free irrigation consultation before you make any changes to your irrigation system to be eligible for any rebates.
And please share your landscape problems via Garden Geek and I’ll be happy to address them in future articles.
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Heather Ginsburg is passionate about helping homeowners and San Antonio save water. She brings experience as a landscape designer and horticultural therapist to each consultation she has with homeowners in her role as a conservation consultant for SAWS. Heather is an idealist and believes every homeowner can have beautiful low water-use gardens and functional outdoor spaces to interact with nature in a positive, life-enriching way. Heather is an urban farmer who works hard to teach her children to tread lighter on the earth.
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