Fall Into a Beautiful Water-Wise Landscape

Fall is the perfect time to redo your yard and add low-water use plants great for our climate. The soil still hold summer’s warmth, which encourages root growth, but new plants don’t require as much water because the days are getting cooler instead of heating up.

When spring rolls around, your fall plantings will have established root systems and be ready to start their growth spurt and be better prepared for the heat of summer.

Some things to consider:

  • Choose the right plant for the right place: Take into account how tall the  plant or tree will grow to save you time in the future when it comes to pruning. Also make sure to group your plants according to their water and sunlight needs.
  • Aerate the soil to let in more good stuff: Aerating or breaking up the soil in your yard will ensure that oxygen, water and nutrients are able to get to a plant’s roots. It’s most effective when done in fall when temperature have dropped. You can rent a machine or use a pitchfork.
  • Add plenty of compost and mulch: Compost will enrich the soil with valuable nutrients, make clay and compacted soil more airy, and can help balance the soil’s PH level. Then make sure to add a couple inches of mulch around your new plants. It’s best to add the compost after you’ve aerated your lawn or plants to make sure it can be more easily absorbed.
  • Upgrade your sprinklers too: Consider adding drip irrigation to water your new plants, shrubs and trees, and installing high-efficiency rotator sprinklers for your lawn. they’ll water your landscape more effectively and you’ll have healthier plants.

If you’re looking for plant ideas perfect for our region, check out the plant resources at our website carmichaelwd.org or the plant guides at BeWaterSmart.info.