Best Water Efficient Landscaping Practices
Landscapes and gardens that are functional, aesthetically pleasing, and water efficient are important not only because the upkeep is less demanding, but because it encourages a harmonious ecosystem and uses less resources.
Approaching landscaping and landscaping maintenance in a manner that uses resources and plants native to the climate you are working with will be beneficial on many levels. Natural landscaping is ideal in that it limits the use and consumption of potable water and allows home owners and renters alike to maintain a yard and garden that is environmentally friendly and cultivated.
As property managers, using natural landscaping methods will alleviate the amount of landscaping services you need and will allow for easier maintenance.
There are several options for creating water efficient and natural landscapes for your rental properties. Landscape options and designs may vary depending on your goal, and perhaps the intention of the owner. Landscaping services from xeriscaping, or removing the use if unnecessary water uses, to using native plants and other water efficient approaches may serve as a good route for your company.
Listed below are just a few of the landscaping options available that will reduce water use and allow for more natural garden and yard settings for your properties.
Xeriscaping: Cut Landscaping Costs by Eliminating Extra Water Use
The notion of xeriscaping a property (limiting unnecessary water use) should be appealing not only because of the rising cost of water, but because it is versatile and uses limited resources. Xeriscaping, or xerogardening, is the idea of using alternative plants and resources depending on your climate. This may include using plants that require less water and that are either native or more appropriate for California, Nevada, or Arizona.
- Conserves Water: This style of landscaping requires far less water than typical gardening methods; namely because of the use of rock or plants that thrive off of sun, not water
- Low Maintenance: Because this option uses plants that do not depend on an excess of water, it will require minimal upkeep for both tenants and landscapers alike
- Natural: In creating gardens and yard spaces with plants that are native to the environment, you won’t need to use chemical products, as they can live off of the natural and organic soil they are accustomed to
- Advantageous to Wildlife:Using plants and shrubs that are indigenous to their environment translates to the well being of the natural wildlife of the surroundings overall
Plan your Landscaping to Feature Local Plant Species
The use of native plants means landscaping service and maintenance will drastically be reduced for rental properties, largely because these plants efficiently function and prosper in the climate they originated in.
- Native plants do not require the use of pesticides or unnatural fertilizers, nor do they need a large amount of watering
- In using native plants, yards are less likely to require mowing, which improves air quality and is better for the environment overall
Water Efficient Landscaping – Great for Environment and Your Wallet
The benefits of moving towards more natural-type landscaping methods not only involve the environmental benefits, but they also are good for your wallet.
- In using native plants, rocks, and shrubs that are more acclimated to the California, Arizona, or Nevada climate, water costs will undoubtedly lower
- This will also lower your landscaping labor and maintenance costs
- By using less water resources, we are conserving water depositories
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