|New landscape - one landscaper is fitting the irrigation nozzles, the other is filling in the trenches.|
Watching some landscapers today reminded me how different it seems to be over here in the desert! The soil is admittedly almost 100% fine sand but I have never seen the soil dug before planting - presumably it's never compacted enough to need this. I've also never seen the use of any organic matter or fertilisers. However what is so essential and always accompanies new planting is the installation of an irrigation system. Older plantings usually have sprinklers which throw copious amounts of water liberally across the beds (and the footpaths). Newer schemes such as the one I saw today have numerous outlets and small drippers or at the most bubblers which feed water to individual plants. Much more environmentally sound.
|New irrigation pipes with risers ready for nozzles for each plant.|
I have never seen landscapers fertilise any of the plantings here, except lawns, yet vegetation grows at an amazing rate. There is copious water and year round warmth but no nutrition. Sands are notoriously lacking in natural nutrients. How it works I don't know but it seems to!
Apologies to desert dwellers who may find this very basic but to gardeners back in the UK who are more likely to be struggling with heavy waterlogged clay soils, this will seem very strange!