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 freely accessible to deer. The job was to plant screening for the cabin and create a garden area.
Hemlock and Juniper were planted along the drive to provide screening. To create space for planting behind the cabin, a long bench was excavated and the material moved lower down to create a landing to assist access to the beach. The plan was to build a terrace planted with Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme, and Artemisia. Sandstone was used to build two walls with a planted bed between.
In summer, the site is hot and dry, so an effective irrigation system was essential. The new system has two stations to control the feed to the newly planted areas with two solenoid valves at each station. One station is 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.