Hydrozoning: A More Water-Efficient Way To Garden
22.10.2023 - 10:05
/ Mary Ellen Ellis
Is watering your garden one of your most time consuming chores? Do you wish you had a more efficient watering strategy that would save time? Ditch your old strategy and consider how to create hydrozones for smarter, more efficient irrigation.
Hydrozoning is grouping plants with similar water needs into the same area of the garden or bed. Different types of plants have different watering needs. For instance, shrubs and new trees need less frequent, deeper watering than turf grass, which needs water more regularly.
Most irrigation systems are set up to water everything in the garden the same way. This is inefficient and wastes water. It can even negatively affect some plants that get too much or too little water. By keeping plants with similar needs together as much as possible, you can use resources more efficiently and effectively.
If you are starting with a blank slate or making some big changes in the garden, consider creating hydrozones for better water use. You can also tackle just one bed or area for hydrozoning. Creating hydrozones is more challenging in a well-developed garden, but you can still work with what you have. Follow a few basic steps to plan the space.
Create an accurate map of your garden and draw circles around plants that have similar water needs. You will probably find that you already have some spaces that are well zoned, with plants you can water together. For example, the grass would be one zone. A perennial bed is another zone.
Consider the different levels of irrigation the plants in your garden need. If you are starting from scratch, you’ll also want to be aware of these zones so you can group plants more effectively:
Pants like tropical annuals, vegetables, and turf grass belong in a high
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