I think that most of us are aware of the need to conserve water as a precious resource that is also at risk for depletion. Many countries around the globe are now experiencing shortages that are costing them the health and lives of their citizens. While we’re still in a good position to do so, it’s time to start planning ahead with more water smart landscaping plans.
How the water smart system works
The advances that we’ve made in technology are amazing and very useful. There is actually an application called the WaterSenese Water Budget Tool and it is really useful in planning a new landscape to maximize its water efficiency. It works by calculating the size of your yard and your climate based on the zip code of your home or business. The app lets you know where you stand with regard to available water resources for your area. Here are some tips that can help you in landscaping for a smart water system.
Go with native plants
The plants that are found naturally growing in your region are the ones that are the most likely to thrive under the climate conditions. By selecting low water requiring species, you cut down on the amount of irrigation that is needed throughout the year. Some of the more exotic plants often found in lush moisture laden climates are likely to require larger amounts of water.
Configure planting in conjunction with water requirements
To get the most out of the water that you’ll need to use for irrigation, put the plants with the most similar watering needs in close proximity. This is an excellent way to cut down on water waste. Your plants are also more likely to thrive if you use this type of grouping system. Under or overwatering will affect the overall health of the plant so you win twice with this system. You’ll have your own little system of hydrozones that can also have an aesthetic appeal.
Reduce water runoff
A lot of water gets wasted on hills and slopes. Once the plants are watered, the rest runs off into areas that may not need the drink. If you do use hills and slopes in your landscaping, a smart way to approach the situation is to tier the plantings so any runoff will spill onto plants that are in need of the water. This is a great way to maximize the use of every drop of water.
Plant native grasses with high water retention
This might take a little research on your part, but there are varieties of grasses that are native to your region that will do well in your climate with minimal amounts of water. Those that form a heavy turf tend to soak up water and retain it for a reduction in the need for watering.