Is it possible to reduce water usage without giving up your gorgeous landscape? The answer is yes. You can maximize the beauty of your outdoor living space while minimizing water consumption. Here are few water-saving tips for your landscape.
Water Wisely. Practice irrigating in the morning when temperature is cooler and water absorption is high. Watering in the afternoon benefits plants less as much of the water is lost to evaporation. Also, make sure to group your plants according to their watering needs. This way, you’re giving them just the right amount of water they need.
Set Up a Drip Irrigation System. A drip irrigation system helps prevent water loss due to runoff. Water is delivered straight right at the root of the plants, making it an efficient alternative to the sprinkler system where water only ends up getting sprayed everywhere. This technology also eliminates the need to drag around hoses, which in turn saves you time and effort.
Invest in Native Plants. Don’t let the warm and dry climate hold you back from indulging in a lush garden. There are a variety of drought-tolerant plants that thrive and look their best even when exposed to heat, thus leaving you free of maintenance worries during summer. Add to that, these plants are pest-resistant too.
Use Compost and Mulch. Compost promotes healthy plant growth as it’s rich in nutrients that synthetic fertilizers do not have. Mulch, on the other hand, impedes weed growth and holds in soil moisture, hence helping plants stay cool and at the same time allowing you save water. So when planting, make it a habit to add compost and then cover the area with 3-4 inches of mulch.
Reduce Lawn. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that watering lawns accounts for 30 to 60 percent of urban freshwater usage. However, letting go of your lawn altogether isn’t necessary. Consider switching to artificial turf instead. Artificial grass looks and feels like real grass – it’s hard to tell the difference. Plus, it remains green year-round. It does not require watering and mowing. It’s non-toxic too so it’s safe for kids and pets as well.
You can achieve a beautiful and vibrant outdoor living space while serving the environment. Our team of sustainable landscape designers is here to help you get started. Please feel free to contact us for more details on the latest water-saving tips and technology.