- Plant adapted plants - natives are best.
- Use compost, earthworm castings, organic fertilizer, dry molasses. Avoid synthetic fertilizers and toxic chemical pesticides.
- Add volcanic rock - i.e.; lava sand, basalt, etc.
- Mulch all bare soil.
- Water at night - 12:00-4:00. No - that doesn’t encourage disease - it rains at night.
- Be careful of drip irrigation. Water has a habit of seeking the path of least resistance. The result can be wet spots and dry spots.
Soil with 5% organic matter can hold almost 200 pounds of water in every 100 pounds of dry soil. A similar soil with only 1% organic matter can hold only 30 pounds of water in the same soil.
If you extrapolate those numbers out, for every 1% increase in organic matter, the same 100 lbs of soil is able to absorb and hold 30-40 more lbs of water. If I can find the chart that displays this info I will send it to you.
Is it any wonder that golf courses can save money on water in an organic program?