1. IRRIGATION EDUCATION
Most residential and commercial properties can benefit from a variety of irrigation options. Understanding what is optimal for your property and how to maximize water efficiency takes some commitment to learn about best practices, innovative irrigation tools and accessibility to resources for better water conservation. HML Landscape Construction can provide these educational resources to create a plan to Maximize your water efficiency with irrigation techniques.
Replacing heads and nozzles, utilizing flow sensors and installing smart controllers are a few of many options to review. Learning and working closely with your irrigation specialist will help you save money and conserve water. Ask us about any rebates your county may have. A great way to start is to participate in water management seminars. Contact us to Learn More.
Working in partnership with your irrigation manager is important to build the best water system that maximes water efficiency. The design would review and may include budget constraints, scheduling, nozzle conversions, water flow, soil management, plant removal and replacement, rain sensors and smart controllers.
Once the design is complete the fun begins with the implementation of the changes and enhancements of the water management project.
Implementation can be in phases and is focused on maximizing savings and water efficiencies from day one of installations, repairs, and replacements. The goal is for the capital investment to pay off as early as possible and in some cases cost savings are realized (with rebate programs) within a year.
Finally, overtime your landscape company continues to view water flow and inspect for leaks and nozzle repair. In addition, it is important to track and measure the effects of your water efficiency updates.
When it comes to a home’s irrigation system, a little maintenance goes a long way. Before you ramp up your watering efforts, spruce up your irrigation system by remembering four simple steps—inspect, connect, direct, and select. Homes with clock timer controlled irrigation systems use about 50 percent more water outdoors than homes without irrigation systems. Your system can waste even more if it’s programmed incorrectly, a sprinkler head is pointed in the wrong direction, or you have a leak. Have one of our technicians come and inspect your system to ensure it’s running as efficiently as possible. Contact us to Learn More.
2. ECOSCAPE YOUR SPACE
Ecoscaping your yard.
– Suggesting drought-tolerant native plants, for which rainfall is usually enough and setting forth a design to place plants with similar water requirements close together.
– By creating ECO-Friendly Beds that include compost and a layer of mulch around the base of trees and shrubs to reduce weed growth and evaporation.
– By utilizing proven tactics to ensure your newly planted shrubs and trees don’t complete with weeds for water. Weed regularly, as weeds compete with your plants for water.
– By providing ideas on alternatives to lawn with native ground cover or herbs and flowers that flourish in our zone
– By finding out the challenges to your current water system, water runoff, leaking pipes, damaged nozzles etc.
– By providing an evaluation and water audit to assess current systems and determine how to improve management of outdoor water systems.
3. MINIMIZING STEEP SLOPES
Slopes can be challenging because of the potential for erosion and runoff. If slopes cannot be avoided in your landscape design, HML can suggest alternatives to grass cover that encourages run off and water loss. By designing water-smart landscape plans and installing plantings with deeper root zones such as native ground covers and shrubs to provide stabilization or utilizing natural stone and retaining wall options, you will save water and costs on your water bill.
4. A CHARMING CASCADE
An unexpected water feature dresses up a drought-smart yard.
- A fountain may not seem like a first choice in a drought-tolerant garden, but good design can enable the feature to capture and recycle water.
- Showy foliage, including Japanese forest grass, offers dramatic visual interest.
- To counteract the warming effect of pavers, consider groundcovers to cool key areas, such as wide gaps between stones.
- Herbs — oregano and thyme, for example — are good drought-tolerant plants for a garden.
- Planted and mulched areas on a slope also provide a spot for water to soak into the ground.
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5. MIX IT UP WITH HARDSCAPE AND PLANTS
A mixture of plants and hardscape elements adorns a side yard.
- Planting a drought-tolerant garden doesn’t mean eliminating high-need plants. It does mean limiting those plants to use as dramatic accents, such as this yellow climbing rose.
- A trellis or Pergola decorates the home’s facade and offers a welcome hardscape element in the garden.
- Gaps between pavers provide spots for water to soak into the ground below.
- Durable lamb’s-ears offers vigorous growth from late spring through fall.
- Creeping thyme randomly softens edges of the pathway.
- Densely planted flowerbeds help to keep weeds from sprouting (and eliminate the need for mulch, too).
- To maintain the laid-back vibe of this garden, a wooden fence serves as informal edge.
- A more permeable walkway, such as pea gravel, offers another solution to prevent water runoff.
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For more ideas on how you can Maximize Water Efficiency, call us today.