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Grafting gives best of both varieties – Tribune

Avid gardeners may already be familiar with a horticultural technique known as grafting. For centuries, orchardists, rosarians, nursery owners and other growers have used this technique to create plants with improved disease resistance and hardiness, increased yields and unique physical forms, and to make fruit trees that bear multiple varieties on the same tree.

Though there are many types of grafting, in its simplest form, grafting attaches the shoot system (the scion) of one plant to the root system (the rootstock) of a separate plant. The two are grafted together in a fairly simple procedure, and once the graft union has healed, the two plants grow as one.

Grafting allows growers to combine the positive attributes of two varieties into one plant. In most cases, the scion and rootstock must be from the same species (or, sometimes, the same family) in order for them to be compatible and for the graft union to take. In other words, you can’t graft a juniper with an oak tree. But, you can graft an apricot with a peach tree because they’re in the same stone-fruit family.

The technique of grafting allows us to have dwarf fruit trees (the dwarfing trait is carried in the rootstock), apples that bear five varieties on the same tree, and a “fruit cocktail tree� that grows several types of stone fruit, each on its own branch.

The rootstock selected for grafting is often chosen for the heartiness or disease resistance of that particular variety. The shoot system, or scion, is selected for flower color, fruit production or unique growth form. In the case of a hybrid tea rose, for example, a rose with a gorgeous, fragrant bloom would be grafted onto a rose rootstock variety with improved tolerance for cold temperatures and resistance to fungal diseases. Together, they make a beautiful rose that’s disease resistant and tough as nails.

Grafting is quite common among fruit and ornamental trees, especially those with unique or specialized forms. For example, many weeping trees are created by grafting a pendulous shoot system onto a straight-trunked variety of the same plant, and some Japanese maples may be grafted onto different rootstocks to improve their winter hardiness. Novelty pom-pom bushes often are created through grafting as well.

One slightly newer way the technique of grafting has found its way into our gardens is through vegetables. Some seed catalogs carry grafted tomatoes, peppers, melons and other vegetables. Though these plants have been commercially grown in other parts of the world for many years, they’re just now finding a home in the United States.

Grafted vegetables are created by selecting a great-tasting, heavy-yielding variety and grafting it to a rootstock with improved disease and pest resistance, early maturity, drought tolerance, and/or vigorous growth. The idea is that these grafted plants will perform better and produce earlier than those vegetables that are ungrafted.

Another new adventure in grafting is the double-grafted tomato (available from Territorial Seed Co., territorialseed.com). These plants have two tomato varieties grafted onto the same plant, meaning you’ll get two types of tomatoes from the same plant each with its own branch.

Keep in mind, though, that grafting is useful only for the generation of plants on which it was performed. The improvements made through grafting are not carried to the next generation via saved seeds or even by taking cuttings of the plant. Grafting cannot result in improved progeny like purposeful plant breeding can; it’s merely an interesting way to combine the positive attributes of two plants into one.

Horticulturist Jessica Walliser co-hosts “The Organic Gardeners� at 7 a.m. Sundays on KDKA Radio with Doug Oster. She is the author of several gardening books, including “Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control� and “Good Bug, Bad Bug.� Her website is jessicawalliser.com.

Send your gardening or landscaping questions to tribliving@tribweb.com or The Good Earth, 503 Martindale St., 3rd Floor, D.L. Clark Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

Article source: http://triblive.com/lifestyles/jessicawalliser/9614152-74/grafting-grafted-plant

Tropical Gardening: Christmas and the new year offer time to focus on peace in … – Hawaii Tribune

Many lessons can be learned by spending quiet time in a garden or forest setting.

Start by visualizing a tree or many trees. Then, allow the shades of green leaves and variations of brown stems and tree trunks to cool your mind.

The next step is to free yourself from any fear or anger that can lead to destructive energy such as hate. This is not easy. It takes concentration.

Most folks say they hope for peace on earth, especially during the Christmas season. Folks also wish for a happy new year. Why, then, do we have the many conflicts occurring today?

It seems the answer is too complicated to ever understand. Just about the time we give up, a song lyric such as “Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me” comes along. Like a prayer answered, it can dawn on us that the big problem is that we constantly see ourselves as separate from others.

We are the “Us group” and everyone else a “Them.” As long as we create this isolation in our minds, we are susceptible to getting caught up in conflicts, even wars, because of this polarity.

The problem is separating ourselves from others by skin color, eye or hair color, religion, culture, philosophy, sex, geographical origin or whatever. It’s not a matter of saying we are all the same, but recognizing our diversity and appreciating our differences.

To really simplify what appears to be complicated, we can take the message of Jesus, or for that matter the Beatles — all we need is love.

The key to love is that it should be coupled with faith and hope even though the greatest power of all is love.

The world’s great religions place loving the Creator and His/Her works. There are those who distort the message for political, economic or control purposes in the name of the Creator. Some place themselves and their group above others and this creates conflict.

The question is can we have ethnicity without ethnocentricity?

Can we appreciate that we are unique without putting down someone else. It is so easy to fall into the “Us and Them” mode of thinking that it takes constant mental push-ups to see all humans as connected. We might even expand that connection to all living things and thus the ALL.

One way to practice is by noting our attitudes about other inhabitants of our global ecosystem.

For example, let’s take a look at our beautiful Hawaiian gardens. They are composed of plants from all around the world. Some of these plants arrived long ago, transported by ocean currents, winds and birds. Hundreds of varieties were brought here by the first human inhabitants. These include kukui, coconut, ti, breadfruit, banana, sweet potato and many others. Later, each group of humans brought the plants associated with their culture.

Unfortunately, all the plants introduced by humans now are being called alien species. Oops, it’s “Us and Them” again. In the past, they were referred to as canoe plants, non-native or exotic. The term alien is one charged with negative connotations, with visions of pestiferous and otherwise uninvited crawlies.

When the term is associated with humans, we almost automatically add “illegal” to create another negative picture. When we describe plants or animals as alien species, we might incorrectly think of aliens only as pest species.

However, every life form on our island is alien if one goes back far enough. Even what we call a weed could be better referred to as a pioneer species trying to heal the wounds created by mismanagement. In the big picture, plants are reducing the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, supplying oxygen and sequestering carbon. Most animals supply carbon dioxide essential for plant life.

When it comes to our gardens, we might see things differently. We see that it is essential to protect what is unique to Hawaii, but simply labeling life forms as native versus alien and then to infer one is good and thus the other must be bad is a disservice to all. Our gardens give us opportunity to do our mental push-ups and acknowledge the value of each of the diverse life forms.

Many of the plants and animals introduced to Hawaii through the years are rare and perhaps even near extinction in the wilds from which they came. Some we consider weeds have been used by older cultures as healing herbs. For example, many plants and birds we consider common here no longer are found in their places of origin because of destruction of habitat. Many of the birds we find in Hawaii are either threatened or endangered in their native lands.

To infer plants or animals are good or bad is dangerous. These are moral judgments. These terms are appropriate in relationship to how we manage and interact with the other living things around us.

Yes, there have been plants introduced, many accidentally, that have had a negative impact on other life forms in a given environment. But for every negative impact, there likely are many positive ones.

Many lifeforms we consider special to Hawaiiana are not from here at all. Our loveable geckos and the popular pikake, hibiscus anthurium, Kona coffee and plumeria that brighten our lives are aliens if we choose that description.

When the first humans arrived in Hawaii almost 2,000 years ago, these islands had a very different ecosystem. There were few plants or animals that could help humans survive. The forests were rich with loulu palms (Pritchardia species). It wasn’t long before the introduced pigs and rats devoured their seed so the palms could no longer propagate without the help of humans.

Most non-native plants introduced purposely have benefited man. With diversified agriculture essential for our economic survival, it is important we don’t ham-string ourselves so we are unable to grow a crop that is of benefit to our community and economy by maligning all non-native species. Our responsibility is to recognize communities include many other life forms, most of which are unique and need our special protection, and at the same time to recognize the need for non-native species including those introduced by the Polynesians and other ethnic groups.

The message for our future is that it is time for all members of our island community, including environmental groups, agricultural interests, visitor industry, politicians and others to work together on plans that focus on good management of our resources.

It is not a time to be confrontational.

We can learn to manage our polarities if we can shift out of the “Us and Them” patterns of thinking. Maybe if we learn that garden lesson, we will treat one another better.

It is the essence of aloha.

Our New Year’s resolution can be to see the good in all things and in all people. Let us try not to harbor fear, anger and hatred by reminding ourselves to pray for peace on earth and let it begin within ourselves.

This information is supplied by the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. For further information about gardening and landscaping, contact one of our master gardeners at 322-4892 in Kona or 981-5199 in Hilo.

Article source: http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/community/tropical-gardening-christmas-and-new-year-offer-time-focus-peace-garden

Hot Property: Clipper Chris Paul buys Calabasas estate for $8.995 million

LOS ANGELES – L.A. Clipper Chris Paul may be moving his basketball shoes from the Westside to Calabasas.

The star point guard, who bought the Bel-Air home of singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne three years ago, has paid $8.995 million for an estate in a guard-gated community popular among celebrities and professional athletes.

Though his commute to Staples Center will be substantially longer, the location puts Paul in the company of two of reality television’s biggest names: Khloe Kardashian of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” lives next door in a Mediterranean-style home she bought last year from singer Justin Bieber. Her sister, Kourtney, owns a house just around the corner.

Paul’s new house, built in 2006, has about 10,400 square feet of living space – more than twice the size of an NBA court.

The two-story house, with vaulted ceilings and stone and hardwood floors, includes a double-height great room, a home theater, a craft room, a library/den and a gym complete with steam shower and sauna.

The kitchen sports a pizza oven and a wide center island with seating for an eight-man rotation. A formal dining room with a wine cellar and tasting room sits off a long hallway topped with vaulted ceilings.

A master suite with a sitting room and fireplace is among five bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms. There’s a detached guesthouse.

Set in the backdrop of canyon and hillside views, grounds of about two acres includes a covered patio, a built-in barbecue, a fire pit, a swimming pool with a spa and a lighted tennis court. Fountains, formal landscaping and manicured gardens complete the setting.

Paul, eight times an all-star, is in his fifth year with the Clippers since coming over in a 2011 trade with the New Orleans Hornets. He has led the NBA in assists three times, while leading the league in assists in six of his 11 NBA seasons.

REINING IN HER EMPIRE

Actress Taraji P. Henson, who plays the scheming ex-wife of Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) on the Fox series “Empire,” has put her home in Hollywood Hills on the market for $3.25 million.

The Moorish-inspired contemporary, built in 2009, is entered through ornate double doors. Three floors featuring dark wood floors and vaulted ceilings include formal living and dining rooms, a media room, an office and a chef’s kitchen with a center island and 600-bottle wine cellar.

Rows of lighted alcoves, arched doors and windows, hand-carved fireplaces and multicolored chandeliers are among the interior details. A small built-in atrium with statues and other ornamental pieces sits behind the kitchen sink.

A total of four bedrooms and five bathrooms are within more than 4,200 square feet of space. A fifth bedroom has been outfitted as a dressing room complete with custom cabinetry, vanities and a salon chair.

Outdoors, there’s a lounge area with a fire pit and a hot tub. Sets of balconies sit off the second and third floors.

The house previously sold for $1.695 million in 2010, records show.

Henson, 45, won a Critics’ Choice Television Award for best actress this year for her role on “Empire.” Among her film credits are “Hustle Flow” (2005), “Date Night” (2010) and “The Karate Kid” (2010).

STELLAR DEAL IS A WRAP

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” producer Kathleen Kennedy and her husband, film producer Frank Marshall, have sold their gated compound in Brentwood for $8.6 million.

The single-story hacienda, built in 1955, is set on more than half an acre and features a fountain entry off a circular driveway. The living and dining rooms, both with fireplaces, open to a courtyard with another fireplace, a fountain and gardens.

The home includes five bedrooms and seven bathrooms in nearly 6,000 square feet of living space. The master suite has fireplaces in the main room, the sitting room and in the bathroom. Views take in the patio, lawn, trees and swimming pool.

A detached guesthouse/gym with a bathroom sits near the pool.

The couple bought the property in 2013 for $7.5 million.

Kennedy, 62, is known for “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and the “Jurassic Park” films. She is working on several “Star Wars” installments.

Marshall, 69, has produced such blockbusters as “The Sixth Sense,” “Back to the Future” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” He is working on sequels to the “Indiana Jones,” “Bourne” and “Jurassic Park” film series.

Kennedy, Marshall and filmmaker Steven Spielberg founded Amblin Entertainment.

Kennedy and Marshall purchased the Brentwood home of late “Golden Girls” star Bea Arthur this year for $14.925 million.

ACTOR MAKES A MOVE UP

Ian Harding of “Pretty Little Liars” fame sold his Laurel Canyon area house for $995,000 and picked up a newly built contemporary in L.A.’s Eagle Rock neighborhood for $1.295 million.

Perched on a hillside, the 2,360-square-foot house that Harding bought has multiple decks that take in expansive views of the cityscape. The open-concept floor plan and 11-foot ceilings give the home a loft-like feel.

The master suite has a deck, a walk-in closet and dual vanities for a total of three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Energy-efficient doors and windows and a ceiling heat barrier are among the energy-saving features.

The drought-conscious landscaping includes artificial turf in the backyard. The two-car garage has frosted glass doors.

This year, Harding starred in the 2015 movie “Addiction: A ’60s Love Story.” The 29-year-old will star in “Oil City,” a film about a high school football team in a Pennsylvania steel town.

RETAIL EXEC LISTS HAWAIIAN ESTATE

George Zimmer, former chief executive of Men’s Wearhouse, has listed his oceanfront estate on the Big Island of Hawaii for sale at $35 million. The entrepreneur is selling because he recently bought singer Neil Young’s nearby compound.

The 7.45-acre Kohala Coast property that Zimmer is selling has more than 1,000 feet of ocean frontage. The estate centers on a 10,000-square-foot main house with seven bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and two powder rooms. The doors, windows and trim are all teak.

Designed by Big Island architect Lucky Bennett, the mansion features a media room, a billiard room with a wet bar and an exercise room that open to an oceanfront swimming pool and spa. Expansive lanais extend the living space outdoors.

Mature palms, heliotrope trees and natural and man-made ponds grace the property.

The gated compound is made up of 10 parcels of land with underground utilities.

Zimmer, 67, started clothing retailer Men’s Wearhouse in 1973. He is chief executive and chairman of Generation Tux and zTailors.

He spent $20 million on Young’s three-acre compound, which includes a Hawaiian-style main house, two guest cottages, two greenhouses and a swimming pool with a pool house.

Article source: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/home-garden/article50761820.html

Five expert gardening tips for summer

Summer in the garden is all about entertaining outside, relaxing in the shade, watching the grass grow and the heady fragrance of flowers in the air.

• Stop and smell the roses at these public gardens
The strange trick every gardener should know

The flipside is rapid growth and subsequent weeding and pruning, grubs and bugs that suddenly explode and the heatwaves and storms that sweep the countryside.

The delights of summer are made even richer by simple measures like the following:

Putting up a hammock will be the best thing you do all summer. Photo: Getty

Putting up a hammock will be the best thing you do all summer. Photo: Getty

1. Plant shade trees

Planting trees, especially deciduous ones that still let in winter sunshine, will make your outdoor areas all the more enticing.

2. Add a pergola

A pergola planted with a vine will have a similar effect and make your al fresco dining all the more enchanting. Think Virginia creeper hanging down in garlands of green, wisteria, and even grapes for those who want to reach up and nibble between courses!

3. Embrace climbers

Climbers such as Stephanotis and hoya are deliciously perfumed, gentle evergreen twiners that never disappoint, though they do need a sheltered position to thrive.

4. Consider a hammock

A hammock strung up can make for “instant” extra seating (you can buy special hooks for trees that won’t damage them from a hardware store) or even padded cushioning for party perches!

5. Light it up

Buy some night life accessories for your garden. Lights, oil lamps and mossie coils, citronella candles and even a small brazier for gathering around on cooler evenings help create ambience.

In case of emergency…

With summer comes an increased risk of fires, more pests and some fairly full-on storms.

Being prepared for the worst will help you manage most problems. So how can you “disaster proof” your garden?

Prepare for fires early by emptying gutters of leaves, cleaning up any debris against the house and keeping trees trimmed back from the roof in fireproofed areas. Well-kept lawns that are trimmed and lush will also help deter spotting if a fire does come close.

Storms can also be thoughtfully countered. Make sure trees and shrubs are kept pruned back from overhanging buildings if possible.  If you do have a bad storm approaching, taking outside furniture and toys inside is essential. Even consider sinking plastic toys and equipment in the pool if you don’t have a secure lock up.

Watch for caterpillars and fungal problems and, last but by no means least, mulch, mulch, mulch to keep the soil cool and weeds at bay if you haven’t already done so.

SUNDAY-BEST-HOME

Article source: http://thenewdaily.com.au/life/2015/12/19/summer-gardening-tips/

Jacque Tucker: Cheats tips for your garden over the holiday

IN THE GARDEN with Jacque Tucker

Last minute cheats tips, and keeping the garden alive while you’re away

If your garden is embarrassing and you have visitors coming over Christmas, here are some cheats tips…

 

IRRIGATION – keeping your garden alive over Summer

  • If you’re going away in January you’ll need some kind of watering system – even if its just a trusted neighbour.
  • If you’re putting in some irrigation don’t bury it, just put it under a layer of mulch otherwise it’s really easy to stick a fork through it. And make sure you put drippers into your pots!
  • If you’re in a windy spot use dripper heads instead of the spray misters.
  • Get an electronic timer so you don’t have to remember to turn it on.  Another option is to invest in a good sprinkler or soaker hose and put that on a timer.
  • For your pots – get old soft drink bottles and pierce some holes in the lid, then stick it into the soil and let it drip away. 
  • Indoor pot plants – cluster them together to increase humidity, put them in the sink with a wee bit of water in the bottom.

Article source: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/andrew-dickens-sunday-cafe/audio/jacque-tucker-cheats-tips-for-your-garden-over-the-holiday/

‘Art of Gardening’ shares the beauty, bounty of Chanticleer public garden

Pay no attention to those gray skies and crumpled brown leaves.

On the pages of The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques From Chanticleer (Timber Press), candy-colored tulips soar above soft yellow clouds of euphorbia, lime-green succulents bask in the summer sun, and grasses glow red and gold in the fading light of a perfect fall day.

Chanticleer, an innovative 22-year-old public garden in Wayne, Pa., has a reputation that outstrips its age and acreage. (It originally was the early-20th-century country estate of Philadelphian Adolf Rosengarten Sr. and his wife, Christine.) It’s one of 25 gardens featured in Tim Richardson’s Great Gardens of America, and earlier this year, the North American Garden Tourism Conference named it one of the “Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For.”

The book provides a great escape for a winter’s day: In addition to the beautiful color photos and history of the gardens, it also offers insights from the gardeners who design — and redesign — the series of interlocking gardens that make up the 35-acre whole.

We talked to co-author Bill Thomas, Chanticleer’s executive director and head gardener, about the garden behind the book. Following is an edited transcript.

Q: What is Chanticleer? How would you define it?

A: Chanticleer is a former private estate that’s open to the public. It’s a contemporary garden in an historic setting where we evolve every year, and we’re working hard to make one of the prettiest and most exciting gardens in the world.

Q: Maybe I see too many British gardening books, but Chanticleer strikes me as unusual in that it doesn’t try to look aristocratic.

A: I would say, then, we’re meeting our goal. One of the purposes of the garden is to be educational, and we do find that many of our guests relate to it well. I think of it as often just being the size and the scale where people can go, “Oh! I could do this at home.” Or, “I could do a corner of this at home.” But also the feeling is, we’re not trying to impress people with, “Oh, we have money” or “It’s a fancy place.” We’re doing really the sort of gardening that … we would all do at home if we just had more staff.

Q: You have seven gardeners?

A: We have seven gardeners, and each one of them is in charge of an area — designing, planting and maintaining his or her area.

Q: Tell me about two garden areas that are really different.

A: The Chanticleer terraces are on the south side of the mansion that was built in 1912, 1913. There are terraces, limestone balustrades – of all the areas of Chanticleer, that looks like a wealthy person’s home or garden. We use a lot of tropicals in the summer months; we have lots of very lush, flowing containers.

The pond area is also a sunny spot; I think of it as a cross between a meadow and a perennial border. It’s more controlled than a meadow would, be but it’s way more exuberant and wild than a usual perennial garden would be.

Both areas are very colorful, both are fun to walk through, but one seems wild, one seems very controlled.

Q: I’m really intrigued by the Ruin Garden, with the stone structure built to look like the remains of an old house. I can’t decide if it’s emblematic of Chanticleer or a radical departure. You took down one of the original houses to build it?

A: Yes, in fact our founder’s home. It was Adolph Rosengarten Jr.’s home. I’m the second director. Chris Wood was the first. Chris established, I guess you could say, almost a tradition of Chanticleer being bold. That also derived from the board; the board established a policy early on that they would not get involved in the day-to-day design decisions; they would leave that up to the staff. Chris took that and ran with it. Chris loves some controversy, and Chris feels a garden should be controversial because, by being controversial, you get people to think.

Q: So he got rid of Adolph’s house?

A: Chris saw this house, which was a pretty house, in the middle of a garden that already had two large houses. Adolph’s house was not easily accessible by car. It wasn’t a great house to live in, because it was right in the middle of the garden. So (Chris) made the very bold move of making the (site of the) house part of the garden, following in a European tradition of having ruins in the garden – romantic structures, or follies. So I think it does fit. The Ruin was built to make it look like the house had fallen into disrepair, so it harks back to the history of the property but at the same time gave us something brand new, and it gave us a garden element.

Q: Is that your feeling, too — that gardens should be controversial?

A: I’m less likely to incite controversy, although at the same time, I want people to get thinking. We’ve been open to the public 22 years now, and we’ve done 44 designs (in the Teacup Garden alone). In your own garden, you’re probably not going to be changing that much, but it shows you there isn’t just one way to develop your own private garden. You can do it how you want, and there doesn’t have to be someone looking over your shoulder. You just really have to please yourself.

Article source: http://www.kentucky.com/living/home-garden/article50642635.html

Variety of ways exist to reduce holiday waste

Among the gift suggestions are:

n Consider presents that support reuse, such as those from antique shops or nonprofit thrift stores.

n Limit the number of gifts purchased, and consider grab bags or white elephant items to exchange second-hand gifts.

n Shop locally, when possible, and carry reusable bags.

n Make gifts.

n Give the gift of time by volunteering.

n Reuse wrapping paper, bags, and boxes, use newspaper or do not wrap at all.

n Consider electronic or postcard greeting cards.

n When decorating, use holiday lights with light-emitting diodes to consume less energy.

n Avoid disposable dinnerware and utensils.

n Recycle as much holiday waste as possible. Do not include Styrofoam, plastic bags, bows, or ribbons.

Live-cut Christmas trees also can be recycled.

FFA groups in Ogle County will have a curbside, live Christmas tree collection Jan. 9 in Adeline, Byron, Forreston, German Valley, Mount Morris, Oregon, and Polo. Trees will be collected at the curb from Jan. 2 to 18 in Rochelle by the street department. All decorations should be removed.

They also can be dropped off until Jan. 18 at state Route 2 and South Peru Street, Byron; 407 N. Locust St., Forreston; 208 W. Railroad St., Leaf River; Lichty’s Landscaping, 309 Pacific St., Monroe Center; Oregon Park District Maintenance Department on Hill Street; 410 N. Prairie Ave.. Polo; and Atwood Park, 10th Avenue and 20th Street, Rochelle.

For more information, visit oglecounty.org or call OCSWMD at 815-732-4020.

Article source: http://www.saukvalley.com/2015/12/10/variety-of-ways-exist-to-reduce-holiday-waste/a6ub0lp/

Winter guide to water-wise landscaping – The San Diego Union

Are you ready to landscape your new home? Here are some tips to make your yard both beautiful and water-wise.

Our mild climate makes indoor-outdoor living easy year-round. So before getting started with landscaping, decide on how you want to use your outdoor area. Dividing a yard into outdoor rooms provides practical living space, creates visual interest and reduces the amount of backyard turf.

Projects range from small do-it-yourself ideas, such as adding seating and a fire pit for family gatherings in the evening, to large, big-budget undertakings, such as building an outdoor kitchen.

To find out what’s right for you, think about your lifestyle and budget. Remember different outdoor rooms have different requirements. You might want to keep your dining area close to the kitchen for easy access or place it in a shady spot. Orienting the views away from the house creates more of an outdoor feel. After you determine your layout, it’s time to select plants, trees and hardscape materials.

For floor covering, select materials that will allow rain and irrigation water to soak into the ground, such as decomposed granite or gravel. When selecting plants, choose natives or species that come from similar climates, such as the Mediterranean region or Australia. These plants will require less care and less water, leaving you more time to enjoy the backyard.

To help you choose the right plants, the U.S. Department of Agriculture created 13 climate zones based on the average minimum winter temperature and grouped plants, based on where they can survive. The San Diego area has two zones. Inland is Zone 9 (20-22 for those who go by “Sunset Western Garden Book” zones) and the coast is Zone 10 (Sunset zones 23 and 24).

Plants are also categorized by water usage from high to moderate and low to very low. High-usage plants need as much water as a traditional lawn, which is about 44 to 55 inches annually. Citrus trees have moderate water consumption, using about half as much water as a lawn. Low-water plants, such as sage, will use about 10 to 30 percent of the water needed for lawns. Succulents will need less than 10 percent of the water a lawn will use. Nurseries will often categorize water usage with terms such as drought tolerant or minimal water use. Be sure to ask what the usage category is for these labels.

A landscape architect can help make your dream a reality. Many landscapers are experts in drought-tolerant designs.

“We choose our landscape architect by seeking out a fresh-minded, up-and-coming professional who isn’t stuck on old designs, and has the desire to design with sustainability as his top priority,” said Brad Termini, co-CEO of the real estate development and investment company Zephyr.

The following websites will help you get inspired, pick the right professional for the job and get your project underway:

  1. watersmartsdlandscaping.org. This San Diego County Water Authority Guide offers tips on everything from plant lists to irrigation maintenance.

  2. thegarden.org. The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College is open to the public and will provide inspiration to any gardener. Landscape design consultants are also available.

3. sdcwa.org/landscape-guide. Download “A Homeowner’s Guide to a WaterSmart Landscape,” the San Diego County Water Authority’s resource to help homeowners become more water-efficient.

  1. asla-sandiego.org. The American Society of Landscape Architects will help you find a landscape architect in your area. The site also has water-saving tips.

  2. clca.org. The California Landscape Contractors Association is another organization that will help you find a landscape professional to meet your needs.

  3. apldca.org. The website of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, California Chapter, lists professionals that will draw up a plan for you.

Before you get started, be sure to check with your homeowners association. Know the rules for your area. Then dig in and start saving water.

If you have stories and feedback to share, please contact me at pat.setter@utsandiego.com.

Article source: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/dec/19/landscaping-water-wise-home/

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