Water-Reducing Landscaping

 

Using less water means a more efficient landscape and lower water bills.

Add native plants to your garden that require little or no water.

Once established, native plants can often get by with the rainfall Mother Nature provides.

Pick plants that fit your landscape.

Don’t place shade-loving plants in direct sun. You’ll end up watering more yet the plants will still struggle to survive.

Use a drip irrigation system instead of overhead watering.

Watering with a hose or other spraying devise means that a good portion of the water evaporates before it reaches the ground. A deep watering drip system delivers water directly to the plant root system without the waste.

Use water timers.

Set timers for early morning hours so water has an opportunity to soak in before it has a chance to evaporate. Water longer but less frequently.

Add rain barrels.

Collect rain runoff in specially designed barrels (or use buckets) to water plants. You’ll be amazed how much water can accumulate even after a light rainfall.

Group plants according to their water needs.

You won’t over water one plant why supplying needed water to another.

Reduce or eliminate your lawn.

It takes over a half a gallon of water per square foot to keep a lawn green and healthy. Reduce the size of your lawn, or better yet, replace it with natural, water-saving plants. Avoid replacing with artificial turf. Besides being extremely hot in summer, artificial turf is made with petroleum-based products that have triggered health concerns. Real grass is a living species that enhances the soil, produces oxygen and is part of the ecosystem.

Add mulch around plants and trees.

Mulch keeps the soil cool, reduces weeds and best of all, traps moisture in the soil so less watering is needed. For a list of Agromin mulch products, click here.

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