Green Landscaping

Greenhouse - Green Home - Green Landscaping

Green LandscapingGreen Landscaping - Green Landscaping can not reduce water bills and waste water; it makes it more likely a yard will remain healthy year around. Landscaping and Gardening make up to 40% of an average household's water use during the summer months. It is not uncommon for a city government to restrict water use for landscaping during an especially harsh summer. These announcements usually come without warning and on the day when plants and shrubbery need watering the most.

Below are some basic green landscaping principles to reduce a yards dependency on supplemental water:

Green Landscape Planning - Water efficient landscaping practices starts with good landscaping planning. A well planned landscape provides a solid foundation to improve upon over time while ensuring a healthy looking yard that requires little to no supplemental watering and limited run-off.

  • Layout - Keeping a lawn healthy requires more water consumption than plants and shrubbery. Limit the amount of turf areas to play zones and flat open spaces that are more likely to retain water. In areas dry areas of the yard (i.e. hills) plan out flower beds and a water retaining base like mulch.
  • Plant Selection - Select drought resistant plants and grasses that are both native to the yard's surroundings and climate conditions.
  • Plant Grouping - Group plants according to their watering requirements and fertilizer needs.
  • Irrigation Planning - Use good irrigation principles that enlist water harvesting and water channeling structures (i.e. berms). Furthermore, reduce the amount of run-off water by using water absorbing walkways and patios.

Water Harvesting - A summer downpour that delivers a � inch of rain can drop enough water on the average roof to fill a 50 gallon rain barrel for use in the yard. A homeowner can calculate the amount of rainwater your roof can collect per year. Understanding that an inch of water per square foot = .623 gallons and knowing the average annual rainfall amount in your city, you can estimate the amount of water that can be collected from your roof.

Landscaping Maintenance - Properly maintaining turf areas and flower beds is paramount to efficiently maintain a balance between conserving water and keeping a healthy looking yard.

  • Watering - Schedule watering in accordance with average rainfall tables to ensure a good baseline.
  • Mowing - The rule of thumb is that grass should never be trimmed more than one inch at a time. Attempt to maintain a health lawn height between 2 and 3 inches.
  • Fertilizing - Fertilizer encourages growth which requires more water. Plan to fertilize before and after the dryer months in the year.