What Does a Water Conserving Landscape Look Like?

A water conserving landscape will look different depending on where it is located. Water conserving (water-wise) landscapes may look like the surrounding natural landscape or a more formal design might be used.Water conserving landscapes tend to have smaller lawns and utilize plants that use less water than in traditional landscapes.

Mulches and drip irrigation systems may also used to conserve water.

The Utah Water-Wise Plants for Utah Landscapes website specifies that for a plant to be considered water wise …

Drought Impacts on Landscape Plant Survival

Drought, or periods of water shortage, impact plants in a variety of ways. Drought affects how much water is available for plant use. If plants cannot tolerate lack of water various symptoms will appear.

Lack of water can lead to:

  • Stunted growth
  • Increased disease susceptibility
  • Increased susceptibility to winter injury
  • Death or injury when a warm period is followed by a very cold period in winter

Initially, growth stops and foliage wilts as plants become stressed. Unless supplemental irrigation …

Seven Principles of Water Conserving Landscapes: Xeriscapes

Water conserving landscapes may also be referred to as xeriscapes or water-wise landscapes. Seven principles of water conserving landscapes (xeriscapes) have been developed by the Denver Water Department to guide the process of designing for water conservation in the landscape. They are:

  1. Planning and design for water conservation, beauty, and utility
  2. Improving soils
  3. Efficient irrigation
  4. Plant zoning (hydrozoning)
  5. Mulching to reduce water loss
  6. Turf alternatives
  7. Maintaining the landscape

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Water Conservation in the Landscape

Drought cycles coupled with increasing urban population growth is putting pressure on water supplies in many areas throughout the US prompting calls for increasing water conservation in the landscape.

Traditional landscape practices tend to promote inefficient water use. A shift in thinking is necessary in order to promote water conservation in the home landscape.

Sources of Water Waste in the Home Landscape

  • Leaking outdoor faucets and irrigation pipes
  • Car washing
  • Hosing down driveways and sidewalks
  • Evaporation from bare soils
  • Inefficient