One of the the hottest emerging trends in modern landscape design is built around the conservation of water. The eco-friendly, green movement has been gathering steam for years, and now is making its way to lawn and garden design.
Dispelling Green Landscaping Myths
Landscaping design with a focus on water conservation, or xeriscaping, is a concept which is fraught with myth and misconceptions. Landscaping design for water efficiency doesn’t necessarily mean replacing all of your plants with rocks or paving over your lawn. Instead, your professional landscaping designer will work primarily with native plant life which is accustomed to the weather patterns in your region.
Grouping plants according to their water requirements, or hydrozoning, is another common method of reducing water use while maintaining the aesthetic value of a landscaping design. Hydrozoning prevents over-watering and under-watering, which can be dually problematic when plants with vastly different water needs are grouped together.
There are two primary concerns when it comes to landscaping in dry or drought-prone climates. In times of limited rainfall, municipal ordinances restricting the use of water for landscaping are common. The same drought conditions which spur these ordinances can spell certain death for water-loving landscaping plants. When you actively work to create a water-efficient landscaping design tailored to your regional conditions, you won’t have to worry about facing either fines for water use or a collection of dead plants.
When you begin devising your landscape design, working with a professional who understands the intricacies of water-efficient landscaping design and xeriscaping can make a dramatic difference in the cost, appearance and environmental impact of your lawn.
Posted on behalf of Joe Archer, Mobile Joe’s Landscaping