eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle

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WaterSmart is where our San Diego lifestyle and water efficiency meet. Each step you take has the potential to enhance your lifestyle, increase the value of your home, save money and inspire a neighbor to do the same.

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Ideas Step 1: Get to Know Your Soil Do you already have high quality soil, or does it need improvement? These four tests will tell you. 1. The Squeeze Test A rule of thumb in gardening is that there are three types of soil. The squeeze test shows you which type you have. Grab a handful of moist (not wet) soil from a few inches down, squeeze it, then open your hand. Photos © University of California, Davis If it holds its shape, and does not crumble when you poke it lightly with your finger, you have clay-ish soil. It's rich in nutrients, but short on open space between dirt particles and drains slowly. The stagnant water deprives plant roots of oxygen. 84 If it falls apart when you open your hand, you have sandy-ish soil that does not hold water long enough for plant roots to absorb it. It lacks nutrients, too. If it holds its shape, then crumbles when you poke it, you have loamy-ish, a.k.a. beautiful soil.

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