Now that fall is approaching, the oncoming rain is a great way to water your lawn and plants. But what if we don’t get as much rain as we expected this winter? Enter – landscaping methods to conserve water.

Landscaping is beneficial when you are trying to work a small area or even an extra large outdoor space.  Needless to say that landscaping is aesthetically pleasing but it can also be done with water conservation in mind. How can it be done? Here are some tips to get you off on the right path.

Plant grouping – Different plants and shrubs have different needs. While some may need watering several times a week, others may only need the occasional water. For these types of plants, anything more than the recommended amount could hinder more than help, so grouping your plants can help you conserve water and also keep your plants alive longer.

Taking care of your lawn – It may seem simple to just mow and water as needed, but conserving water can take a couple more easy steps. Short of seeing the grass wet, how can you tell if your lawn needs watering? The test is as simple as taking a couple of steps. If the blades of the grass spring up after you walked, then you’re fine. If you can see your footprints on the grass, its time to water it. You also might want to leave the clippings on the grass after mowing; it will provide shade for the soil and prevent the water from evaporating.

Pick the right plants – Here is a great list of trees, shrubs, perennials and more that are appropriate for water conservation.

Watch where the water goes – Don’t forget to check your sprinklers to make sure they are not watering the sidewalk. Also check for leaks and cracked pipes that could end up wasting water and diminishing your landscaping efforts.

Remember, here at Schroeder’s Garden design we specialize in landscape design.  If you have any questions on how to get your garden going, give us a call and get your complimentary consultation!

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