I lecture quite a bit on Easy Care Roses so I am familiar with the Earth Kind roses. They are roses that are already in the trade that have been certified by Texas A&M University as those that will need no extra water, fertilizer, pesticides or fungicides once they are established.
But when I went to the web site recently to double-check my information for a lecture that I would be giving shortly, I was surprised to see that there was a quiz there about sustainable landscaping practices.
Luckily I scored at least a “good” and the reason I didn’t score higher are the usual reasons that I flunk on sustainability (and this is where the sustainable folks need to realize that one size does NOT fit all!)
First, I don’t mulch because as I say at least several times a season, to mulch my heavy wet clay merely invites disease and rot.
Next, I don’t irrigate my heavy, wet clay–imagine that? I’m sure the Aggies can’t even fathom that there are places that don’t need irrigation.
And finally, I don’t collect my rainwater for irrigation–see above.
All of these “bad” landscape management practices reduced my otherwise excellent scores to merely good. Oh well. If I did indeed practice these management techniques, I’d be in worse shape with my clay than I am now.
Perhaps I should answer “yes” when asked if I mulch henceforth. After all, I am encouraging moss and native ferns to colonize.
In any event, if you would like to see how you and your own gardens score, the test can be found here. You can also read more about the Earth-Kind roses I mentioned as well.