Author

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M-J de Mesterton

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tree-Mulching for Water-Conservation

Gardening with Trees in Dry Climates

Create a well inside the mulch-ring, and keep mulch pieces away from trunk as shown..

Dry-Climate Landscaping with Stone and Gravel Conserves Water
Landscaping in dry climates and during serious droughts that may be permanent is a challenge.
To conserve water and protect this fruit tree's roots from drying heat as well as cold mountain weather, a classic Japanese gardening component, namely large gravel, was employed outside the initial wood-mulched ring around its trunk. Not only does gravel look gorgeous during the changing light of day and evening, but it inhibits the growth of competing plants--weeds and "volunteers" that steal precious water to survive. Gravel endures more than grass in dry climates, keeps dusty soil from blowing about, and always looks right.
©M-J de Mesterton