Discussing Three Key Areas of Desert Gardening: Climate, Soil, & Water – Part 2

This article is a continuation of the Saint George gardening post Discussing Three Key Areas of Desert Gardening: Climate, Soil, & Water – Part 1.


Continuing the discussion on soil: if your soil is having drainage issues, likely the culprit is a high water table. This is a deep problem in regards to Saint George gardening and is hard to change. In some cases, you can try gravel or tile drains if the drainage issue is extreme. The nature of the organic matter will have a direct influence the rate of organic matter. If you decide to implement a new turf area, no more than 2 inches is recommended. For vegetable and flower gardens, the recommendation is 3-4 inches. Make sure that these gardens get organic matter added to them annually. Some areas of Southern Utah have soil that with a low nitrogen and nutrient count. Additional additives such as iron, potassium, and phosphorus are usually needed in these areas as well. This is because iron is inaccessible to plants in soil with a high pH. Saint George gardening in an area like this calls for the gardener to be mindful of chlorides and iron deficiencies. Specific plants such as roses, hawthorns, silver maple, and pin oak, for example, will pan out badly.


In a desert climate like the St. George area, water can often be scarce and/or sporadic. Because of the limited amount of water, anyone engaged in Saint George gardening needs to be constantly aware of their water usage. Plants that are tolerant to drought should always be prioritized over plants that require lots of water. Saint George gardening should use limited irrigation so the plants that you choose need to be able to survive under those conditions. Drip irrigation is wise in Southern Utah. Regular watering routines should be thought out and intentional. Create a watering schedule and even find out what watering techniques are most effective and efficient. The tight clay soil needs deep-water infiltration which requires slow and scrupulous watering habits. Turf areas that receive too much water too fast are in danger of is bad for the health of the plants, not to mention the fact that it is wasteful.

Landscapers and gardeners living in Washington County need to coincide their Saint George gardening efforts with the low amount of rainfall as well as the low humidity of the area. Limited moisture characterizes the winters here as they are mostly dry with a lot of sunlight. During the winter months, you should still incorporate some degree of watering in your Saint George gardening routine. Remember that there are many upsides to landscaping in a climate like the one in Southern Utah. The high amount of sunshine lets gardeners use some of the best turf, vegetables, and flowers out there. Contrary to the belief of some, sunlight at a high intensity does in fact yield very healthy and very strong plants. Couple the abundance of sunlight with crisp, cool nights and the result is high-quality vegetables and green lawns. On top of that, the low humidity leads to fewer plant diseases that gardeners in more temperate climates consistently deal with.


Saint George gardening can be challenging, but the challenge is what makes it more rewarding. The patience, careful plant selection, amended soil, and the extra effort to educate yourself on the microclimate will result in a wonderful looking landscape and a stronger passion for Saint George gardening. Don’t hesitate to visit the Precision Landscape homepage or give us a call to ask any questions about how you can become better and more proficient at Saint George gardening.

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