Water is, of course, precious in Texas, and communities throughout the state have enacted tough restrictions to preserve this vital resource. If you are planning to design your landscape, water efficiency should be one of your top priorities. Here are some suggestions that can help you create a landscape that not only looks great, but also does an excellent job of being water-smart.
The first thing you want to consider is using plants that are appropriate for our region, and need little additional water beyond rainfall. Because native plants have adapted to the local climate and soils, they typically don’t need fertilizer. In addition, they will be more disease- and pest-resistant than other species. If you are thinking of adding more exotic plants to your landscape design project, do some research first. You may find they require more water and may be a threat to other plants.
You want to periodically aerate your soil to help improve water efficiency regarding grass and plants. Normal foot traffic and other factors can compact soil, making it more prone to water runoff. Also, have it tested for pH, nutrient content and composition. This will help you decide which plants will be the best for your yard.
When you mow your lawn, it’s very important that you raise the blade – especially in the summer. If you mow too close to the ground, you’ll need to water more in order to keep your grass healthy. The longer the grass, the deeper the roots can grow and the more drought resistant it will be. Longer blades also do a good job of shading each other, minimizing the growth of weeds as well as evaporation. An effective lawn drainage system will also help your yard stay its healthiest and promote efficient use of water.
These are just a few of the ways your landscape design project can be as water efficient as possible. To learn more, get in touch with the professionals at Andy’s Sprinkler. Contact us online or call us at 817-608-0660.