New to IA Gardening!
My family and I moved to IA from CA this December. My California garden was really a large accomplishment for me and I loved it dearly. Sad to say good-bye to all those plants in our little back yard but I am excited to "transform" our yard here. We moved into a beautiful house on an average sized city lot and will be starting basically from scratch, as all the previous owner had was sod. And the sod is in very bad shape due to their dog, er, over ferilizing the area.
So, it is time to get to work! Before we start digging planting beds and toying with the idea of putting on a deck, I'd like to know your feelings as to irrigation systems. In So. California, we needed them obviously because it wouldn't rain for 6 months. But here, I know that we will get rain but the question is, will it be enough? Do you routinely water by hand if the rain doesn't come? I think a drip system would be a fine idea as it saves on water usage and can be programed. But I'd like to get your thoughts!
BTW - I grew up in ND so this winter has been nothing! ;)