High Desert Droplet - October 2020

Cool Planting for Fall

Oct 28, 2020 at 1:58pm

Three steps to having the best stormwater savvy garden this fall

The summer of 2020 had record-breaking heat across our High Desert, but with cooler weather approaching let’s brush up on steps you can take to ensure your garden is stormwater savvy this fall. Here are three tips to get you started on your gardening prep for the windy season ahead.


Pick Seasonal Flowers at your Local Nursery
The next few months of cooler weather gives High Desert residents an excellent window of opportunity to plant some new garden greens! Visit your closest nursery and ask about the best plants to transplant to your garden. In-season plants conserve more water and require less chemicals that can harm our waterways. Here are a few nurseries throughout the High Desert that can help you get started on your garden’s seasonal shift.

Stock Up on Pesticide Alternatives
This should be a yearlong practice. Avoid pesticides to keep your garden healthy and our watershed clean! Replacing pesticides and insecticides with non-toxic alternatives prevents stormwater runoff from carrying harsh chemicals into our watershed. Here are a few cool ideas you can try today.

  • Companion Planting: Certain types of plants keep pests away. Ask your local nursery for recommendations.
  • Soft Chemicals: Use soap, organic neem oil and rhubarbs to keep the bugs away.
  • Predators: Consider releasing a few beetles or building a bird house in your garden to naturally alleviate bug issues.

 


Compost Plant Debris
Who says a little bit of leaves on the floor is a bad thing? Not us! Falling leaves are an excellent source of nitrogen and protect your garden from the cold winds.

We look forward to seeing YOUR garden flourish on our social media pages. DM us on any of our social media pages with a picture of your garden and a little note on how you incorporate stormwater savvy strategies in your lawn maintenance. We’ll feature you on our page and send you goody bag as well.

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