According to EPA, an average family of three in the US losses around 180 gallons weekly through water leakages. This results in a pinch in paying the water bill. Worse still, you might have landscape designs like waterfalls and fountains for your pool that require lots of water. How do you keep your water bills in check while enjoying the beauty that comes with a great landscape design?
For residents of San Angelo, Texas water is a scarce resource. They have a limited water supply due to a change in climatic conditions, experiencing drought since late 2021 and a better part of 2022. Worse, Texans have to limit their outside watering needs to twice a week. As a result, water conservation efforts are much welcomed to keep water usage low including, water saving strategies for your landscape.
Installing the following water-saving strategies for your landscape can help you conserve water and save some bucks in utility bills.
Be an Early Bird
It’s always best to water your outside garden early in the morning when the temperatures are cool. Watering early allows your plants enough time to absorb water and stay healthy and strong. On the contrary, avoid watering plants between noon and 6 pm when water evaporation is high due to wind and high temperatures.
If you’re not an early bird, consider adopting a late-evening watering routine when temperatures are also low. However, avoid watering at night because plant leaves fail to dry out quickly, making them susceptible to diseases.
Your watering schedule will determine your water bill and plant health. It also goes a long way to ensure you have enough water supply for the waterfalls and fountains for your pool. So ensure you get it right!
Plant Selection and Zoning
Outdoor living spaces include gardens. These gardens may usher you to focal points like waterfalls and fountains for your pools. Since both landscape designs need water, you can select drought-tolerant plants for your garden. This limits the water supply to the garden and increases water availability for your fountain or waterfall.
Plant selection depends on the surrounding climate, soil condition, type of plant, available space, and the slope of the landscape. Also, consider zoning plants with the same water requirements in the same area. This maximizes irrigation and reduces surface run-offs.
It’s important to point out that not all native plants are drought tolerant. You should consider perennial plants over seasonal plants to reduce your water consumption.
Ensure Pool Water Efficiency
Waterfalls and fountains are a great way to improve your pool’s curb appeal. They also increase your property’s worth. However, a poor pool water management strategy may drain your account balance. That’s because pools lose about a quarter of an inch of water daily due to evaporation, leading to wastage.
You can create a pool water efficiency plan to reduce such losses. It can be as easy as using a pool cover to cover your pool- they may reduce evaporation by 95%.
Other pool water efficiency mechanisms include the following;
- Repairing pool leakages
- Proper cleaning of pools
- Avoid splashing water in pools
- Using water filters to improve water quality
Capture Run-Off Water
Run-off water is also referred to as grey water. You can capture surface run-off for use in the waterfalls and fountains for your pools. This also reduces water requirements for your pools, thus, saving on utility bills.
You should consider capturing the grey water in the low-lying areas of your landscape to ensure the most water retention for your irrigation and aesthetic needs. Rain barrels and porous pavements can act as storage units for your water runoff. You can then use a pump to move the water wherever you need it
It can be difficult to balance the water requirements of your turf and waterfall. This is especially true for homeowners with large turf areas. Such areas need a significant amount of irrigation to maintain a lush and green view.
When you couple the high irrigation costs of your turf and the need for captivating waterfalls and fountains for your pool, your utility bill suddenly balloons. You can avoid high water usage by adapting other landscape themes in place of turfs. Some perfect alternatives for this include bush gardens, dessert/rock gardens, and tropical gardens.
However, if you can’t avoid the turfs, be sure to limit their size to the area for your kids and dogs to use outdoors.
Use Water-Wise Irrigation Systems
Traditional irrigation systems have proved to be ineffective in water conservation. Take for example overhead irrigation systems and sprinklers. Unlike drip irrigation, they lose lots of water through evaporation before it gets into the plant. What’s more, they spray water over the entire property, even in areas where it’s not needed the most.
Consider using water-wise irrigation systems like drip irrigation. This type of irrigation delivers water direct to the roots of your outdoor plants where it’s needed the most. It observes water conservation by maintaining optimum levels of water absorption by plants.
Improve Your Soil Health
Improving soil health can significantly reduce water loss and wastage. You can improve your soil health by adding organic mulch materials. These materials include wood chips, grass clippings, manure, straw, and peat moss. Such materials improve your soil health and save water in the following ways;
- They improve soil aeration, thus, encouraging plants with broader roots to grow. This conserves water since water loss through deep percolation is avoided.
- They improve soil drainage by preventing water loss through surface runoffs.
- They improve the soil’s water-holding capacity. This ensures minimal irrigation since there’s enough water in the soil.
Areas with poor soils can start improving their soil health by adapting a soil mix convenient for landscaping designs.
Increase Your Plant Ground Cover
A sufficient ground cover encourages plant health by preventing the growth of weeds, minimizing soil erosion, and promoting water retention.
Mulch in the soil promotes water retention by reducing the rate of water evaporation hence conserving water. For the most part, organic soil mulch is the preferred type of bed cover for plants. Some of the materials you can use as mulch include wood, grass, pine, and straw.
Your mulch should be 2 to 3 inches in thickness. Hot and dry areas should avoid mulch that retains or radiates heat as it increases soil water evaporation. By mulching your plants, you can save water that would otherwise be used in your pool.
Adopt Water-Wise Technology
In today’s world, technological advancements are making water conservation efforts easier. Join the movement of water conservation by adopting technologies like rain shut-off devices and in-ground moisture sensors.
These technologies limit water loss. They prevent water supply when it has rained or when the ground has enough moisture for your plants. This allows you to reroute water to focal points of your landscape such as waterfalls and fountains in your pool.
Landscapers must be environmental-conscious to implement a successful water-saving landscape strategy.
At Arteriors, we envision your luxury outdoor living space through our expert craftsmanship. We design landscape designs for your outdoor living area that are not only beautiful but also friendly to the environment.
Whether you want custom lighting or water features like waterfalls and fountains for your pool, we are the plug for your landscaping needs. At the heart of every landscape design, we promote water-saving strategies curated for your environment.
Get in touch with us to save water through water-wise landscape strategies.