Having a beautiful landscape area doesn’t have to mean using a lot of water or spending a lot of money.
Water is the most precious natural resource we’ve been blessed with. It’s our responsibility to use water with awareness, and make the best use of it in order to conserve it.
Especially in summers where there is scarcity of water the water usage usually increases than a certain amount in every aspect.
In outdoors there is an increase usage of water in summer to maintain our landscaped areas. Gardening and Lawn care account majority of the seasonal water consumption for hot and dry climates.
It is a misconception that many believe that stunning gardens and lawns are only possible through excessive watering, fertilization and pesticides.
We need to use and create innovative techniques which can make out landscaped areas smart!
Water-smart landscaping produces attractive landscapes because it uses designs and plants that are well suited to local conditions.
1. Identify Your Landscape design
2. Create a Basic Plot Plan
3. Test and Condition Your Soil
4. Design Your Water Smart Landscape
5. Implement Your Plan
6. Maintain Your Water Smart Landscape
In our presentation we offer innovative techniques or key tips that help us to create water smart landscapes:
- Design Stage: Go native! Use native and low water using plants!! Use new innovative products which are available in the market to make your landscape sustainable. Consider water needs of plant while making a planting plan.
- Group plants according to the water needs: By grouping vegetation with similar water needs we can actually reduce the water consumption. Example: Turf and shrub areas can be separated because of their water needs.
- Soil: Soil is a basis of any landscape, water smart landscapes can be created with effective use of cycle nutrients, minimizing runoffs, usage of ecological drains, retaining water and absorb excess nutrients and sediments.
- Turf areas: As we know turf areas receives the highest percentage of irrigation water in traditional landscaping. It is very important to manage outdoor water usage and use turf only where it is practically functional.
- Minimize or eliminate use of fertilizers: Fertilizer encourages thirsty new growth, causing your landscape to require additional water. Minimize or eliminate the use of fertilizer where possible. Organic fertilizers can be used to create healthier plants and also help reduce the runoff, protecting the natural resources of the soil.
- Water Wise: Use of modular rain water harvesting techniques, storm water management techniques with proper irrigation systems with regular adjustments, vertical gardens, permeable pavers, turf reinforcement where every necessary, underground water storage techniques, subsurface drainage systems, ecological drains etc. These techniques not only help conserve water but also make water sensible landscapes.
- Use of Mulch: This is one of the old and efficient techniques to help reduce evaporation, inhibit weed growth, control soil temperature and prevent erosion. Adding organic matter and aerating soil can make the soil hold water. Mixing of coco peat in the soil helps to reduce evaporation and hold the nutrients longer.
- Regular Maintenance: Regular maintenance makes the landscape free from weeds, replacement of mulch and thatch wherever necessary is essential.
- Minimize steep slopes: Slopes can be challenging because of the potential for erosion and runoff. If slopes cannot be avoided, the landscape design should have planting with deep root systems as native ground covers and shrubs to provide stability to the soil and thus prevent erosion.
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