WATER SAVING GARDEN

WATER SAVING GARDEN

We all have to do our utmost around the home and in the yard and garden to conserve water and use it wisely. A well-designed, water-saving landscape that incorporates water-saving devices and techniques can still offer a lush and inviting environment, without the water waste.

Also referred to as “xeriscaping,” water-wise gardens require a few special solutions: lawn replacement, intelligent irrigation, plant selection, shade trees, and layer mulching. These features can reduce water use by an estimate of up to 60 percent and can also significantly reduce (but not eliminate) maintenance.

In areas that see flooding after heavy rains, proper "rain-scaping" is also important. Rain-scaped gardens direct rainwater from the roof away from your home, filtering and cleansing the water as it is channeled into the ground. They also prevent surface runoff, which is often filled with chemicals and other pollutants, from entering storm drains, sewers, and, ultimately, nearby lakes, streams, and coastal waters. These designs do not sacrifice form for function, as beautiful water-tolerant plants, such as shrub willows, often thrive in the basin.

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