A beautiful and lush landscape is a desirable feature for any home. To accomplish this feat it often takes a lot of fertilizer and water. These stunning landscapes involve a lot of maintenance and upkeep in order to keep them thriving and green. Water is a vital factor in keeping a healthy landscape, Water is in high demand, and sometimes is not available to the demand it is needed. This is why it is important to learn some water conserving techniques that can easily be incorporated into your landscape, creating a design that incorporates less water consumption.
A sprinkler system for the lawn is a typical feature added to large grassscapes to keep it well watered and green. This is an impractical measure, and results in a great waste of water. The water will splash over areas that are not intended to be watered, or tends to evaporate in the air before it even hits the grass. A lot of communities have even outlawed this practice to conserve water. Landscapers have recently moved toward the trend of drip irrigation systems. This system involves the placing of tubes under the ground surface that leads water to the roots of the plants. The water is released slowly through holes in the tubes, providing for ample water movement that is neither wasted or evaporates.
Another great option to give you water is to collect free rain water. Creating a rain cistern is an easy and useful way to create more water, especially if there are water use regulations in your area. This water runs down the storm drains and can be collected. You can collect the water in basically any waterproof container as this is not to be used for drinking. This water can then be used in conjunction with the drip irrigation systems, meaning that the water used for your landscaping is totally free of cost, as well as practical for water conservation.
When the planting is taking place, be sure to add compost to the soil. Compost will help to retain the water, helping it to stay in the soil and not evaporate. Compost also features food for the plants, keeping them well fed and watered, so they stay lush and healthy. This is another great way to conserve water in your landscape.
Lastly, think about the amount of water that is wasted in the actual home. This water, called “Gray Water” can be anything water that flows down drains. It is possible to have a plumber hook all the drains, except the toilet drains, to a storage unit that can then be hooked into the drip irrigation systems. Although this method is costly upfront, it literally saves all of the wasted water from typical household functions, resulting in a lower water bill because you are recycling the water. The one thing that will need to be considered is the soaps used for bathing, cleaning, and laundry. These would need to be phosphate free and organic, so they do not harm the plants.
Water is an important resource, and as clean water diminishes, it is important to find new ways to use water, especially if the goal is a beautiful landscape. These methods allow for water to be reused and conserved, making it more readily available and at less of an expense to your pocketbook and the environment.
By: Susan Soler of the Garden-Fountains.com Team