This month began a fresh start for the year in which our topic was slopes. Rick Harlow
A few points that Rick made... and be marry. (horticulture instructor at Orange Coast College) came to talk to us about said subject. How to design and properly irrigate a slope area is hard. The land is not flat and depending on how steep it is, it could give away if there is an earth quake or some other natural disaster.
- When planting on a slope it is best to start with smaller size containers - this is true because smaller size plants have a much higher chance of acclimating to their new environment than more mature ones. This is also true with humans.
- Depending on the width of the slope you may want to allow for a pathway - this will give you a flat surface on that slope to walk, stand or sit with a glass of wine and enjoy the view.
- Creating a terracing effect will add interest to the landscape and allow for more planting combination's.
- When irrigating a slope you should always put the top of the slope on a separate valve then the bottom - this is true because of water runoff. The bottom of any slope will always require a bit more watering than the top.