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Are you eager to have a gorgeous yard, but concerned about conserving water at the same time? With drought conditions in many places in the world, and a growing global problem with the availability of fresh water, conservation is just the smart thing to do. Saving water for future generations is important. The good news is that you can totally reconcile your desire for the most beautiful yard on the street with your environmental beliefs. There are a number of ways to nurture your yard while using very little water. Here are three ways to do it that are easy and highly beneficial to the environment.
1. Use Plants That Require Minimal Water
Some plants require more water than others. You can conserve the planet's water for more important purposes by filling up your lawn with plants that thrive in dry conditions. Desert landscaping is one way to go. You can put in tall and round cacti that flower in certain seasons, prairie grasses, and other succulents that store water in their leaves. This type of lawn works well in southwestern areas of the United States.
If you prefer a more traditional look, there are still plenty of plant options for you. A wide variety of flowering plants of all kinds of colors, heights, and textures exist. There are even trees that require minimal water to thrive.
Choosing plants that are native to your region is usually the best way to go when selecting what to put in your yard. Native plants have adapted to whatever your local climate conditions are, and can get by without being watered regularly because of it.
2. Use Drip Irrigation
Drip irrigation is a wonderful way of keeping your plants watered and healthy without wasting any precious drops. With drip irrigation, water is sent directly to the plant roots, where it is the most readily soaked up and used by the plant.
Because water is delivered one drop at a time, exactly where it's needed, there is much less water wasted than with traditional gardening. According to OrganicGardening.com, a good drip irrigation system can use as much as 30 to 50 percent less water than other techniques of watering your lawn.
A drip irrigation system should be installed by an experienced company like H2O Lawn Sprinklers in order to ensure it is working to peak efficiency. You will be able to grow virtually any type of plant you like while saving plenty of valuable water at the same time. Your water bills will also be much lower with drip irrigation.
3. Try Going Without Grass
Who says you have to grow grass to have a lawn? Plenty of people are discovering the benefits of going grassless. Not only does it save a ton of water, but it also looks better than you might imagine.
If you've ever seen a Zen garden, you know the beauty of a lawn without grass. The ground cover is all sand, with decorative stones and boulders strewn about, usually amidst pretty statuary, with artistic rake lines in the sand that are very soothing to observe.
You can create a Zen garden out of your lawn. You can also simply replace your grass with smaller stones and pebbles, while planting some drought-resistant shrubbery, flowers, and herbs amidst them to add some greenery.
Some people are even replacing their grass with realistic-looking fake grass. Most people can't tell the difference, even upon a careful inspection. Cut holes in the fake grass cover to add native plants that require little water.
There is no reason why you have to waste precious water to have a beautiful yard. With the growing need to conserve water in the world, using little or no water on your lawn is the environmentally responsible thing to do. Try one of the techniques above, and enjoy your gorgeous lawn while knowing you are helping to protect the planet.Share
10 February 2015