Tips for Reducing Water Use in Your Backyard

Water conservation is important everywhere, but it’s particularly essential in the desert climate of Southern Arizona. If your water bills are soaring and you want to do your part to help the environment and reduce water usage, your backyard is a great place to start making changes. Consider the following tips to make improvements in your backyard landscape that will help you cut your water bills substantially.

Use Native Plants in Your Landscape Design

Plants that are native to the Sonoran Desert will be able to withstand the hot weather and year-round sunshine, and they will also need much less water to stay alive. Planting native trees and flowers can give you a beautiful yard that has a low environmental impact, and there is a great variety of native plants to help you bring any design ideas to life.

Install an Irrigation System

If you hand-water your plants, you may end up seeing a high amount of water loss, because plants may get too much water at once or be watered too late in the day to adequately absorb moisture. A drip irrigation system will mitigate water waste since plants will only be watered as needed. Installing an irrigation system can also raise the value of your property and keep your landscape in great condition year-round.

Ditch the Traditional Lawn

Grass may have a classic look in the backyard, but it can use a high volume of water. There is a variety of alternative materials available, such as stone pavers, wood chips, and gravel, or you can opt for more drought-resistant varieties of grass if you want to maintain a small lawn for your pets or kids to play in. You may also want to ask your landscape design company about artificial grass.

For landscaping services in Tucson ranging from professional landscape design to monthly maintenance, call Horticulture Unlimited at (520) 321-4678. We have been serving clients in Southern Arizona since 1979, so you can trust us to do great work in your yard.

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