At this point in the summer, we’re sure you’re wondering about how you can reduce the amount of water your lawn needs and thereby reduce your water bill. Designing an environmentally friendly lawn is not only good for the environment, but also for your wallet. Reducing the footprint (pun intended) of your lawn will reduce the amount that needs to be watered. Adding in plant beds with native plants and shrubs not only looks nice, but saves on watering because plant beds require less water than grass. Installing a drip irrigation still gets water to these beds but at a steadier and overall lesser amount than a standard sprinkler system. As an added bonus, adding more plant beds means less lawn space to mow!
When installing plant beds, consider plants that require less water. Also called xeriscaping or dry landscaping, this method involves the use of certain plants thrive in drier environments. Ask your landscaper what will work best for your area.
Use rain barrels. Water comes from the sky for free, so why not harvest that water into a rain barrel you can use for sprinkling or drip irrigation?
Create a garden. Edible landscaping that makes use of your rain barrel, not only adds variety to your lawn, it adds food on your plate. If you feel that you don’t have a green thumb, get started plants from your local nursery, as they have a better chance of surviving and thriving over starting from seed.
Create a wildlife habitat. Plant native flowers, shrubs and trees attract native wildlife. Find butterfly and bee-friendly plants and you’re not only saving on water, you’re working to save endangered species.
Finally, create an outdoor living space. Selecting decking, pavers, and seating areas not only reduces the area you have to water, it also encourages you to spend time outside more often.