Even a modest-sized lawn can consume thousands of gallons of water per month. Reducing outdoor water use is wise both, ecologically and economically. In the chart below, the volumes above the RED LINE are primarily for outdoor water use (irrigation of landscaping).
What can we do to reduce summer outdoor water use?
Many exceptional varieties of garden-worthy, drought tolerant plants are available to incorporate into a new or existing landscape design. Once established, native trees, shrubs, succulents and grasses require little supplemental watering. You can save even more water by replacing potable City water supplies with rainwater collected from your roof.
The Path to Reducing Outdoor Water use is Straightforward
Design a plan
Installing low water use plants and grouping them with treees and shrubs with similar light and water needs will save water and save you money!
Amend the Soil
In some cases, improving the soil during site preparation is necessary. your local nursery can assist with adding missing constituents to the soil.
Select Low Water Use Plants
Consider the long term water demand, fire resistance, mature size, and maintenance needed.
Install a Drip Irrigation System
Don’t forget to adjust the watering system to account for plants maturity and seasonal precipitation.
Shredded wood chips and garden compost help conserve soil moisture.
Maintain the Landscape
Seasonal maintenance and an efficient irrigation system will ensure outdoor living areas remain healthy and Water Smart!