But that just calls for a little ingenuity so we can make the most of what we do happen to get as we turn our attention back to our landscape. Here’s another old saying for you: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” There’s a few ways you can help it along, though.
• A woman who readily admits she has a black thumb – very few of her plants survive – always asks the nursery to point out the flowers that thrive on neglect. We can learn from her, seeking out the native plants that have already adapted and thrive in spite of our dry environment. You’ll quickly learn, walking through the Conservation Garden Park in West Jordan, that there’s a great variety of blooms in every hue available.
• Typically, according to the NOAA National Climatic Data Center, we’ll get 10 days of precipitation in April. It doesn’t add up to much… unless you’re funneling some of it into a rain barrel. For every inch of rain that falls on a 500-square-foot roof, you’ll collect 300 gallons of water – and we typically get 2 inches every April. That’s a lot of extra lawn irrigation. Add that to the water you capture in the shower as you wait for it to heat up, and you’re on a roll!
• Mulch! By spreading mulch around your plants, you can decrease evaporation by up to 75 percent. And organic mulch eventually breaks down and enriches the soil, freeing you from the chemical fertilizer that seeps into our water system. Mulch (and gravel, which allows water to seep into the soil) also cut back on the number of weeds that tap into your plants’ water supply.
With a little planning, you too can look forward to those May flowers, and many more to come. Happy growing from Granger-Hunter Improvement District!