California Friendly® Garden Guide
Planning Your California Friendly® Garden in Seven Easy Steps
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Check for drainage – if drainage is poor, now is the time to fix it.
Dig a test hole 12” deep, fill it with water and let it drain overnight.
The next day, fill the hole with water again and see how many inches of water drain in an hour. Well-draining soil drains at a rate of 1-3 inches per hour.
If drainage is poor, cultivate in composted organic material to improve conditions.
Correct major drainage problems with a drain system, but never send the drainage to the gutter.
Cultivate in soil amendments to at least 12” deep if you have poor soil fertility or structure (clay, rocky, hard).
Consider purchasing topsoil to improve soil conditions for the long term. Cultivate it in to a depth of at least 6”; don’t just spread it on top.
Grade your site to drain away from foundations and away from the curb. Runoff from irrigation or rain should drain to a catchment area where it can filter back into the ground
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