Water conservation is an increasingly important concern throughout North America. Some regions are typically dry, while others are are currently experiencing a rain deficit or have been experiencing drought in the past few years. Many homeowners are finding it necessary to take a different approach to landscaping that will conserve water. Here are some landscaping tips that will help you in doing so:
Find decorative ways to use larger paved areas in your landscaping. Using porous materials, such as brick, will allow rain water to reach the ground below and replenish the water table. If you live in a region that does not use brick to a large extent, check with your landscaping store or home improvement store for other porous paving materials that would be more popular in your area.
- Use year-round ground covers. There are many plants that look good year round. Creeping and spreading plants grow to cover large areas and often do not require much water for maintenance. If you do not know a lot about plants, work with an expert at your local nursery or landscaping store to choose ground covers of appropriate height and color.
- Choose plants that require little water. There are a number of plants that require very little water to survive. Check with your local nursery or landscaping store for the best plants to use in your particular region.
- Consider using fake plants. Now I’m not suggesting that you put plastic flowers in your yard, but there are very attractive fake grasses and other plants that can be used in your landscaping. These faux grasses are often used around sports complexes, shopping malls and other public buildings. There is, however, one important consideration – they can look very natural in some areas, but stand out as artificial in other areas because they remain green when everything around them has turned brown.
- Install a sophisticated drip irrigation system. The systems work by applying water directly to the roots of plants instead of covering a large area. If you are serious about your landscaping and you want to conserve water, investing in one of these systems could be the right answer for you. In addition to the cost, the systems require constant and attentive monitoring in response to climate.
These five tips will help you create an attractive landscape design and also conserve water. Unless you choose to create a Zen-style landscape, using sand, pebbles and rock, some combination of these tips might provide just the solution you need to create an attractive setting for your home.
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