As California continues its drought watch, residents in various counties have been encouraged by officials to make sure they are practicing water conservation. With this in mind, a Bay Area landscape architect developed 10 techniques for local gardeners to ensure their gardens are drought resistant this summer.
Chris Jacobson, horticulturist and founder of GardenArt Group, a landscaping design company that fuses art with horticulture, said his techniques will reach a broad audience.
“Both Bay Area garden design professionals and do-it-yourself weekend warriors should be knowledgeable about this area’s Mediterranean climate and the effect plants and water use have on our ecosystem,” Jacobson said. “This information will keep gardens looking beautiful and sustainable while conserving water, perhaps our greatest natural resource.”
Among Jacobson's water-saving tips: Cluster plants together that have similar water requirements; regularly clean drip irrigation systems; and collect water runoff using French drains, swales or sumps, which has the added bonus of helping consumers more easily monitor their water use.
Jacobson's gardens throughout the Bay Area are based on sustainability. He has done several presentations on the effects of herbicide and has won many awards for his displays.
Horticulturists in the southern part of the state will be hosting several events detailing how to conserve water in home gardens. The first event of the summer will be held in June and will offer expert advice and garden design consultation, according to the city's community web site.