Posted March 16, 2014 by Gabriel Posternak

What is Water Efficient Landscaping?

Due to the critical need for water conservation, many cities and states now have ordinances that you must have water efficient landscaping. But, if you don't live in a dry climate that has those rules, you might want to consider a garden design that is more water efficient anyway. It'll save you time and money while also reducing your carbon footprint. Don't worry, you can still have beautiful landscapes and garden designs while saving water.

Landscapes designed to be easily maintained without the use of excessive amounts of water that are still pleasing to the eye, and good for the environment are quite fun to take care of too. Many designs totally eliminate the use of drinkable water, others greatly reduce the potable water that needs to be used.

Here are a few tips to save water when choosing your landscaping.

• Plan Ahead -- There are great tools that you can use today to help you design a water efficient landscape via the environmental protection agency's website, depending on the area in which you live. Take the time to understand about garden design before you get started.

• Know Your Plants -- Do some research on native plants that need less water. Understanding how much water any specific plant needs will help you know which ones to plant. Once you have a list of plants you enjoy, plus their water needs you can choose for water efficiency.

• Work on Soil Improvement -- If you have good soil, you'll need less water. You can get your soil tested for it's make up and drainage ability prior to the first plant going in. This will help you know what you need to improve. The many elements in the soil can be improved upon so that it's high in organics and drains well while maintaining enough moisture to cut down on watering needs and still look gorgeous.

• Avoid Grass -- If you can landscape your yard with as little grass as possible, only using it to enhance the design and not the basis for the design. Some nice walk ways with native grass that goes dormant in the winter and during droughts are your best choices.

• Be Creative -- Use cement curbing and edging. If you can separate high water plants from lower water plants then you can water selectively easier. Also, consider how you can make a patio that looks attractive for your front yard, eliminating some use of grass. Don't forget water gardens are water efficient and make the area look richer. Another nice addition is the use of wood decking for seating and non vegetative ground cover for walking paths.

Taking the time to plan ahead, understand what is native to your area, and what your goals are will go far in helping you create garden designs with water efficiency in mind. Not only will the environment thank you, so will your wallet. You'll save a lot of money on your water bill if you can conserve water due to your landscape design.

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