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Irrigation and Drought-tolerant Planting on a Steep Slope

The garden here is on a steep gradient down to the shore.  It suffers from poor dry soil as well as being accessible to deer. The job was to provide screening from the road and landscape around the cabin

Hemlock and Junipers were planted along the drive for screening.  The plan was to build a terrace planted with Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme, and Artemisia.  A long bench was excavated behind the cabin and the material moved lower down to create a landing to assist access to the beach. Sandstone was used to build two walls with a planted bed between.

Raised bed with Stone Wall and Irrigation

Irrigation involved modernisation and extension of an older system. The new system has two stations to control the feed to the newly planted areas with two solenoid valves at each station.  One station was also set up for fire hose connection. Pipes were installed to supply drips for the screening shrubs, driveway trees, the plants along the bank and the ground coverers. A second station serves the wall plants and the plants in the garden beds. The raised bed is served with a 1/2 inch drip line, with a 1/2 gallon per hour drip emitter spaced every 12 inches along the line.

Ground-cover planting options included Chamomile, Blue Fescue grasses, Mother-of-Thyme, Golden Oregano, Creeping Thyme, Silver Thyme, Lavender, and a variety of Purple Leaf Sage. Blue Oat Grass is planted along the top terrace with Cotoneaster on the bank above. A Juniper 'Wichita Blue' was planted at the end of the terrace with the idea that it will grow to screen a shed on the corner. Hemlock and Juniper were planted along the drive to provide screening.

The terrace planted up with Juniper Wichita Blue in the foreground Plants selected for this garden are not generally favoured by deer but young plants are still vulnerable. Black plastic netting was used to protect the beds during the first few critical weeks.

Drought-tolerant Planting and Irrigation for a Dry Slope

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New post and rail fencing is not intended for keeping out the deer...This is where the garden is to be...The ground falls sharply to the shoreline... A way down is sought... A alternative option...Trees will be planted here too... Young Junipers will not be eaten by the deer... We also plant Hemlock...The subsoil is moved to provide infill where we need to create levels for the pathways...The landing will be seeded to stabilise it...Plants include soft green Chamomile, blue Fescues, Mother-of-Thyme, bright Golden Oregano, Creeping Thyme, Silver Thyme, Lavender, Purple Leaf Sage.A Juniper called  'Wichita Blue' is planted at the end of the terrace with the idea that it will grow to screen the shed.The picture shows the raised bed served with a 1/2 inch drip line.The irrigation system is tested on the beds The picture shows the planted Junipers. Each is mulched and has a 1/2 gallon per hour drip emitter. The screening plants have also been mulched with compost and each is served by a drip as well. Picture shows the woody brash has been pulled off the slope and the drip lines, still visible. Almost finished!  Shows a pine tree planted at the end of the bed.  In addition, pea gravel removed during the work is relaid. Shows plants uprooted by deer but not eaten. map

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