7 Tips For Saving Water In Your Landscape

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By now we all have become aware that water is a scarce resource and we should do our best to use it responsibly. The current landscape design trends also reflect this understanding as more sustainable alternatives are gaining momentum - a greener home begins with a greener yard (and not just literally). An easy, but very significant step you can take is implementing water conservation practices in your own home - here are some tips on how to do it.

 

 

1. Collect rainwater

Rainwater harvesting is the term describing collecting and keeping rainwater that you can use in your household and in the garden. Rainwater harvesting tanks storing the rainwater from your roof are simple to install and can fit in houses of any size. It may be among the easiest ways to save water, yet a great improvement in sustainability and relief for your water bill. Who would say no to that?

 

2. Group plants according to their water needs

You probably know that different plants have different needs for watering amount and frequency (if not, you really should - that makes a world of difference in their life span). By considering this when choosing their location, you can avoid over watering, which means you'll save more water and your plants will thank you. Besides, gardening will become easier as you won’t have to remember the demands of each one. That being said...

 

3. Get native and drought-resistant plants

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Reorganizing your plants will help you save some water, sure, but choosing the ones that don’t need much in the first place will have a greater impact. Native plants have evolved to adapt to a particular area over many years, so they require significantly less care. Plants in their natural habitat also create a favorable environment to attract bees, birds and butterflies contributing to a healthy ecosystem. One way to achieve it is by keeping a wild garden, but if you’re into a neater landscape, there are plenty of vibrant local plants to choose from.

 

4. Limit the turf surface

Turf is among the most problematic parts of your landscape for water conservation, so if you take steps to reduce it, your effort will pay off. Having a perfect uniform lawn can be nice, unfortunately, maintaining it requires a huge amount of water. Regarding sustainability, you’ll be much better off by partially replacing the lawn with hardscape or drought-resistant plants.

 

5. Change the irrigation method

Along with rethinking the space devoted to the lawn, you may also want to reconsider irrigation methods. The process generally uses up a lot of water, but it’s not always efficient. The typical spray irrigation isn't effective in keeping the soil hydrated (especially for the plants in plant beds) and a lot of water is used in the meantime. Choose drip irrigation that distributes water directly at the roots instead to enjoy a sustainable and thriving garden.

 

6.  Utilize mulch

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Mulch minimizes the amount of water evaporating from the soil, maintains its temperature at a stable level, prevents weeds from growing and adds various nutrients. If any material was worthy of the “star of the garden” title, mulch would be it. You should place it on top of the plants’ roots, however, avoid putting it too close to the stem. A pro-tip: choose coarser mulch varieties so water can easily reach the soil.

 

7. Pick the path materials wisely

Bricks may not be the first object that comes to your mind when thinking about landscape design, but crushed bricks, pea gravel or decomposed granite can be ideal hardscape materials. When placed on an absorbent surface, like sand, they allow water to seep into the soil, decreasing water runoff and contributing to water conservation. Also, paths formed from these materials hardly ever get muddy and are very comfortable to walk on.

5 Outdoor Living Trends You Don’t Want to Miss in 2019

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Spring is finally upon us, which means the weather is nice enough to bring your life outdoors. You want to enjoy it to the fullest, savoring every bit of warmth, creating memories with your friends & family, having some relaxing moments to yourself. The way your outdoor space is utilized plays a key role in making that happen – landscape design needs as much attention as the interior of the house. If you’d like to take yours to the next level, check out the latest trends in outdoor living.

 

1. Outdoor kitchens

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An outdoor kitchen has been among top outdoor living trends for quite some time and isn’t about to give up the position. That may be for a good reason – it ensures you’ll never have to be stuck cooking dinner inside the house while your guests are enjoying the evening sun. Also, there are tons of options to choose from. Do you want it to be stone or wood? Would you like to add a fridge, a pizza oven, a dishwasher? These are only some of the appliances built into the outdoor kitchens nowadays. If you prefer going after the most recent innovations, you can even install voice-controlled devices such as smart grill controllable through your phone or voice commands. The popularity of outdoor kitchens reflects the trend of making your outdoor space livable by treating it as an extension of your home.

That leads us to the next trend…


2. Blending spaces

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It is becoming more and more common to merge your interior and exterior design. It can be done in pretty simple ways – like using the same décor or the same flooring material. But it’s also possible to take it up a notch – you can install walls that open up or large sliding glass doors that leave a wide entrance to the terrace. You can also extend the ceiling to the outside in a straight, continuous line to form a patio. It will create a sense of consistency, besides, it will provide pleasant shade for you to sip your morning coffee in on a hot day and protection from rainy, snowy weather.


3. Edible gardens

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House gardens aren’t about to lose their popularity – on the contrary, they continue to secure their place in our backyards. While the idea of growing a garden has been there for ages (literally), this landscape design trend still feels fresh. Thoughtfully combined herbs, vegetables and other plants can create beautiful ornaments that will revitalize your outdoor space. At the same time, you’ll have a variety of ingredients on hand and will always have joy of knowing where your food is coming from.


4. Sustainable Design

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Growing an edible garden isn’t the only way to make your outdoor space greener. Moving towards simple, durable, ethically sourced materials is a change taking place in all aspects our lives and landscape isn’t an exception. More and more people are looking for sustainable design alternatives that allow them to utilize their outdoor space making it both nice and practical. A popular option is creating absorbent surfaces to capture rainwater by using materials like mulch, gravel or crushed bricks. You can also try to incorporate recycled materials into any of your landscape projects.


5. Outdoor Fire Pits

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Another outdoor living trend that has been on the rise in 2019 is fire pits. These are a great choice for several reasons. They are just as useful as they are pretty – you can stay warm on the chilly evenings or gather some friends to toast marshmallows together if you feel like it. They’re also incredibly versatile. Fire pits come in all shapes and sizes, so they will fit in any space, besides, there’re endless styles to choose from, so you can easily find one that perfectly matches your exterior design.