We are being asked more and more to do less and less irrigation on our projects here in and around Seattle. One might think, “so what, it is always raining in Seattle.” This is not quite true. We have had a very dry summer here but we are only about an inch below average for the year. Many native and non native plants are suffering, and will not survive. I have heard over and over again that if you just plant natives, you don’t have to water or maintain and everything will be wonderful. Not the case. Soil preparation, hydrology/drainage, solar access/orientation and root establishment of the plants being installed is critical in using any plants, especially natives being used in a non-native environment.