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WaterWise Landscapes: Introduction, Soil Types and Plants

Creating Beautiful Waterwise Landscapes Small changes can have a big impact on your water bills, your landscape and the future water supply. Paula Anderson from the Cascade Water Alliance will guide you through some easy ways to make your garden and lawn more water efficient. Watch videos on soils, plants and sprinkler systems. Also learn how to spot problems and take action, all while keeping plants healthy and happy. All these items can help make a beautiful and waterwise landscape. Soil Types Paula Anderson from the Cascade Water Alliance explains the different types of soil you may encounter in your lawn or garden. The kind of soil you have in your yard will affect the way you water your plants. Therefore, knowing more about your soil will help increase water efficiency. Soil is made up of air, water, organic and inorganic matter and billions of tiny organisms. But, mainly we want to be concerned with how soil retains water. The three basic types of soil are: sand, silt and clay. Clay absorbs water slowly, so watering too quickly can cause runoff. Sand, on the other hand, absorbs quicker, so it is easier to over water. Silt will be somewhere in between, depending on if it has more sand or clay materials. One way that can increase the water capacity of your soil is to add compost (can be yard waste or decomposed manure). Plants Paula Anderson from the Cascade Water Alliance shares some tips on watering plants around your yard. Watering is obviously one of the best tools to make plants stronger and healthier. However, over watering is one of the most common causes of plant death. They need oxygen as well as water to survive. So, in order to stop overwatering, group plants according to water needs. Plants that don't need water should be grouped together, plants that need a lot of water should be grouped together, etc. Otherwise, you could easily over water and hurt your plants. Watch the next two 'Waterwise Landscapes' videos from the Cascade Water Alliance for more information on increasing water efficiency: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud0lB_qAHbk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3MuCZHZAqk
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