How to Conserve Water When Landscaping Your Lawn/yard/garden

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People spend time and money to enjoy the benefits of a beautiful lawn and or flower garden.  The lawn and flower garden are for many an extension of the home. It’s a place to gather with friends and family. It’s a place to spend time alone sipping ice tea or reading a good book. It’s a place for children to run and play. To keep you lawn and flower garden looking great staying healthy requires water.

The amount of water you will need will depend on the type of and size of your lawn and or flower garden. Adequately watering your lawn and garden can get expensive and in many places there are water usage restrictions. Here are some simple, frugal and conservative steps you can take to not only use less water and save money; but, also enjoy a thriving, green lawn and garden.

Select drought resistant plants. Go to your local nursery or hire a landscaper who is knowledgeable about which plants require the least amount of watering. Also, consider this as an investment, considering how much less you’ll spend on your water bill over a long period of time. You will also be amazed at the wide and varied selection of drought resistant plants that are available.

Organize your landscape according to plant watering needs. If you put plants with similar watering needs together you won’t waste water or overwater plants that require much less watering. The reverse is true. You’ll also avoid under-watering plants that require more water. You may need to secure the service of a landscaper if you’re unsure how to organize your plants.

Collect rainwater. The downside of this method of conservation is the potential problem of water becoming stagnant and mosquitoes breeding. If you choose to harvest rain water using a rain barrel be sure to guard against the water from becoming contaminated. You will find with a search online that there are many decorative types of rain collection containers that are available.

Choose drip irrigation or soaker hoses. Sprinkler s cover a lot of area by spraying water through the air, but in doing so, also loses a lot of water through evaporation. Drip irrigation and soaker hoses give you more control over your actual water usage.

You can have an irrigation system put in place that recycles waste water from the home for watering lawns. This type of system is expensive as an add-on. Depending on the system, some will automatically turn on when there is an overage of waste water and or can be set on a timer for more control on the amount of water your lawn receives.  If you are building a new home you may want to include it in the building plans.

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