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  • b.

    Must be broken down by soil organisms

  • c.

    Advantages

Feed the soil as well as the plant Slow, even release Gentle, steady supply of nutrients Less likely to pollute d. Disadvantages Slower acting (which is actually good!) – requires patience Animal curiosity – dogs may dig

  • III.

    PLANTS

    • A.

      Design - select the right plants for success

      • 1.

        Study site

  • a.

    Sun

  • b.

    Wind

  • c.

    Water/drainage/slopes

  • d.

    Existing plants

    • 2.

      Create HYDROZONES - group by water needs

  • a.

    Highest water near house for maximum enjoyment and ease of care

  • b.

    Transition zone of low-water plants

  • c.

    No water zone farthest away

3. Many other design elements - see other classes coming up

B. When to plant

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Best in fall, esp. natives, (winter rains) 2nd best is spring Summer OK, if water available; trickier Winter - only if soil is friable In years when water is available - i.e. NOW! Water most low-water plants ‘til established, 2-3 years.

  • C.

    References

    • 1.

      Sunset Western Garden Book

    • 2.

      EBMUD book

    • 3.

      Handout booklet

    • 4.

      Experts

      • a.

        CCN-Pros

      • b.

        Master Gardeners

      • c.

        Other professionals (consultants, designers, architects)

  • C.

    Examples of Water-Wise and Colorful Plants

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