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  • Writer's pictureAaron Cull

How to Maintain a Lush Yard During Calgary's Dry Summer

Water is the lifeblood of all living things, but what happens when it becomes a scarce resource? You might be thinking, "A lush yard and water restrictions don't mix," but at Evergreen LTD, we believe it's an opportunity to innovate and adapt, ensuring your landscape thrives even under challenging conditions.

Rethinking Garden Care

  • Mulching: A simple yet effective strategy is to apply a 2-4 inch layer of mulch around your plants. This not only reduces evaporation but also cools the soil and suppresses water-stealing weeds. Organic mulches, like wood chips or straw, add nutrients back into the soil as they decompose, enhancing soil health and moisture retention.

  • Drip Irrigation: Installing a drip irrigation system can be a game-changer for efficient water use. By delivering water directly to the roots, where it’s needed most, drip systems reduce waste and minimize evaporation.

  • Watering Wisely: Timing is everything. Watering in the early morning or late evening maximizes water uptake by minimizing evaporation. Encouraging deep root growth through less frequent, but deeper watering also makes your plants more drought-resistant.

  • Choosing the Right Plants: Embrace drought-resistant and native plants that are naturally adapted to Calgary’s climate. These plants, like Alpine Asters, Anemones, and Blue Sage require less water and care, making them ideal for sustainable landscaping.

Lawn Care with Less Water

  • Grass Selection: Opt for drought-tolerant grass varieties like Buffalo, Bermuda, or Zoysia. These species are designed to withstand dry conditions without sacrificing the green lushness of your lawn.

  • Keep It Long: Raise the blade on your mower. Taller grass shades the soil, reducing moisture loss and promoting deeper roots.

  • Smart Watering: Use a rain gauge to ensure your lawn gets just enough water, including what it receives naturally. Deep, infrequent watering encourages roots to reach deeper into the soil, accessing more moisture reserves.

  • Aerate: Aerating your lawn improves water penetration and reduces runoff, making every drop count.

Tree Care for Dry Seasons

  • Hydration Helpers: For younger trees, consider using slow-release watering bags to provide a steady, measured amount of water that meets the tree’s needs without waste.

  • Mulch Magic: A generous ring of mulch around your trees retains moisture and keeps roots cool. Just make sure to keep the mulch a few inches away from the trunk to prevent rot.

  • Prudent Pruning: Removing dead or dying branches not only conserves a tree's vital resources but also reduces the risk of damage from falling limbs.

Beyond the Basics: General Water Conservation Tips

  • Harvest Rainwater: Collecting rainwater is a smart and eco-friendly way to keep your garden hydrated. Use rain barrels to catch runoff from your roof and reuse it for watering gardens and lawns.

  • Enhance Your Soil: Integrating organic material, such as compost and peat moss into your soil can dramatically improve its water retention and fertility.

  • Check for Leaks: A small drip can add up to gallons of water lost. Regular inspections of your irrigation system can prevent waste and save water.

At Evergreen LTD, our commitment to sustainable landscape practices and expert care makes us leaders in Calgary’s gardening community. With ISA-certified arborists and Master Gardeners on our team, we are well-equipped to help you navigate the challenges of a dry summer.

Ready to turn your yard into a resilient oasis? Contact Evergreen LTD for a consultation today! Let us help you develop a drought-resistant plan that keeps your garden lush and thriving, no matter the weather.

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