Water-wise landscaping also known as xeriscape is a type of quality landscaping whereby the design of the landscape is in a manner that it will use the least amount of water. This type of landscaping ensures that the right kind of plants is used to minimize the amount of water required. In essence, it is about using the most minimal resources with the aim of protecting the environment.
Below are some of how water-wise landscaping aids in conservation of water.
- Landscape planning and design
When designing a water-wise landscape, it is critical to ensure that the design will contribute to the maximum conservation of water. Water conservation can be achieved by making sure that those plants are put in groups according to their water needs to avoid wastage of the precious resource.
- The lawn is not part of the landscape
Water-wise landscaping does not incorporate lawns because they require a lot of water to keep the turfgrass green throughout. If you plan to maintain a water-wise landscape, then the lawn will go. Because of this subtraction, water-wise landscapes can conserve water that can be used for other purposes.
- Use of the right plants
Most water-wise landscapers ensure that they have the right plants for the right season and that they are grouped according to their water requirements. By doing so, one can use less amount of water to maintain healthy plant growth.
- Water-wise landscaping uses smart irrigation methods
To achieve the best results, Water-wise landscapers use drip irrigation to ensure that there is less water wastage as compared to the use of a sprinkler where most water will be wasted on less needy plants.
It is because of this practice that water-wise gardening can conserve more water and thus conserve the water towers. Besides, too much water can even be fatal for some plants, another advantage of a water-wise irrigation system.
- Use of mulch
Another important practice in water-wise landscaping is the use of mulch to improve soil texture and nutrients. Mulch is an excellent addition to the soil as it increases the organic matter present hence reducing the rate of evaporation. When there is less evaporation, it means that more water will remain on the ground to be used by the plants.
Aside from that, the use of mulch increases the retention capacity of the soil which in the long run translates to better crop and less usage of water.
The above principles of water-wise landscaping show that the use of less water in a landscape does not necessarily translate to malnourished plants and that it is possible to grow healthy plants using limited amounts of water as long as the design allows.
As a landscaper, therefore, you may want to consider embracing the practice of water-wise landscaping because it will save you a lot regarding the cost of watering your plants, you will also contribute to the conservation of the environment.Back to top