Why is this yard doing so well?
- Perhaps because I let the grass grow. At a height of 4 inches, it's shading it's own roots, keeping soil moist. The grass is tall enough to battle dandelions on it's own.
- I left fall leaves in the garden beds. Decomposing leaves have created a 'blanket' that retained the moisture from melting snows.
- Finally, this is a mature garden. Perhaps these flowers have developed a deep enough root system to fend for themselves during dry springs.
*11,000 gallons of water per month may sound like a lot but it's actually a very conservative number. The city has placed a sign in this yard commending me for 'wise-water practice.'