How to Design a Landscape that Conserves Water

Did you know that the average American family uses 320 gallons of water every day? 30% of those 320 gallons is devoted solely to outdoor use! 

When you think about the fact that the US government recommends 1 gallon, per person, per day for emergency purposes… 320 gallons a day is a LOT! 

If you’re looking to conserve water with your landscape design, there are some sure-fire ways to do this. Here are 4 ways you can use your landscape design to save water at home.

1. Reduce Turf

Turf areas are the number one offender when it comes to water usage in your landscape maintenance. You have to keep that grass green, right? That’s why reducing the amount of turf area in your yard is the first and most effective way to conserve water.

An experienced landscaping company can help you create a beautiful design with anything from concrete patio pavers to pergola designs.

These elements add beauty to your yard without relying heavily on turf.

2. Use A Pool Cover

If your landscaping company is installing pool pavers, it is a good idea to install a pool cover. The benefits are many, but reducing water waste is at the top.

A pool cover is not only a great safety feature and a way to keep your pool clean, but it reduces daily evaporation. You’ll have to fill the pool back to a decent level far less often if using a cover.

3. Choose Drought Resistant Plants

When brainstorming landscaping ideas, talk with your landscape company about drought resistant plants. Many flowers, shrubs, and trees require huge amounts of water to remain vibrant.

You may think your heart is set on a certain kind of tree or flower, but there are many equally beautiful and more practical plants available. Educate yourself on drought resistant, hearty plants. You may be surprised at the beautiful variety they can add to your landscape.

Grouping your drought resistant plants together in your design will also ensure you maximize watering.

4. Use the Right Mulch

Did you know there’s such a thing as water-retaining mulch? You do now! Mulch creates a buffer between plant roots and the air above so water is less likely to evaporate before reaching the roots.

Consider shredded hardwood as harder mulches like rock mulch retain and radiate heat–thus, creating a hotter and drier climate around the plant roots.

Create the Ideal Landscape Design

Sifting through landscaping companies to find the perfect fit for your water-conserving goals can be monotonous. With your input and our expertise, we can help you create the landscape design of your dreams.

Contact us today to get a quote. Our professionals are here to answer all your questions and help you take one step closer to your perfect yard.

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