People who have a lot of greenery in their landscape know how expensive it can get to make sure the area stays well hydrated. The water bill can go sky high and make it difficult to maintain the lawns. However the landscapers in northern NSW can help when it comes to water conservation for your landscape. They do it with the help of a technique known as xeriscaping.
So what exactly is xeriscaping?
Xeriscaping simply means conserving water or using it efficiently to water the landscape. A landscape which has been xeriscaped is able to adapt to conditions when there is scarcity of water.
Xeriscaping is done using the following techniques:
- Adding compost and organic material to soil helps to keep it soft and therefore be able to absorb the moisture from the surroundings. If the soil is too dry it doesn’t absorb water well and despite the fact that you irrigate it well you may need to use more and more water just because the quality of the soil is not good enough.
- Mulching plants. Mulching refers to barriers which are put into the soil to create a distance between the plants and the oil. This is done for the purpose of helping the soil retain moisture. This in turn prevents water loss through the process of evaporation.
- Choosing the right kind of plants for the landscape. Plants which are tolerant to draught, high winds and other elements are incorporated into the landscape. Native plants are well adapted to the soil and the first choice of all landscapers.
- Grouping plants according to the water needs. All plants have different water needs. However, grouping plants with similar water needs makes it easier to provide the right amount of water to the complete area within a landscape. This allows for effective programming of the irrigation system. For example if you have a few nonnative plants you can make sure to plant those together to allow for more water to be transported to that particular area only.
- Reducing the turf grass in the yard. Turning grassy areas into flower beds or adding a bit of mulch to the grass can help keep the area well hydrated. Grass absorbs a great deal of water. Reducing grassy areas can help conserve water.
Water conservation tips from landscapers in northern NSW
- The right way to go about irrigating the lawn is to water the area early in the morning. This is because the air is cooler at that time and there is less water loss due to evaporation.
- Installing devices which can check the moisture level in your irrigation system can help save water. Sensors can sense when the soil becomes dry therefore sprinklers are opened during that time only.
- Keep the weeds at bay.
- Make use of rain barrels. These are great for collecting rain water and prevent it from escaping through the landscape.
Keeping all these tips in mind can make your landscape look beautiful and green throughout the year. Just make sure you talk to landscapers servicing northern NSW for all your landscaping requirements.