Here in northern Nevada, we live in a high-desert climate and we’re no strangers to drought. Water conservation is a responsibility for us all, and fortunately, a little know-how can go a long way. That’s why the landscaping pros at Harris Landscape Construction are sharing five tips for smart water usage in your northern Nevada landscaping.
Choose Native or Drought-Hardy Plants
When you’re adding plants to your landscape, opt for native species. They’re already acclimated to the water conditions and will fare much better than non-native choices. If you want something a little more exotic, stick with drought-hardy varieties.
Plant in Groups
Planting in groups isn’t just an aesthetic choice. When you group plants that have similar water or sunlight needs, you can dial up the efficiency with your watering zones and ensure that specific plants get the appropriate amount of sun or shade they need.
Water on a Smart Schedule
How, when, and where you water is important. There’s an important balance of watering deeply and long enough to reach the roots and encourage deep growth. When plants have shallow root systems, they’re more likely to be stressed from the blazing summer sun or dry conditions. Make sure that your irrigation system is thoughtfully installed to minimize water waste, and consider features like drip lines and soaker hoses as appropriate. Avoid watering during the midday heat. Instead, schedule your system to come on in the early mornings and evenings on your assigned days.
When they’re done properly, hardscape elements, like patios, walkways, walls, etc., can be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. They’re also important additions to water-smart landscapes because they break up the space and minimize irrigation needs. Plus, these elements define areas for plant groupings.
Keep the Lawn Size Down
The thirstiest part of your landscaping is the lawn. Scaling down on this green space means a reduced water footprint. If you can’t go without a lawn, be mindful of keeping it healthy. Mow regularly to keep your grass length under control, but avoid trimming it too short. That can be stressful to the lawn, and it may need more water to recover.
If you’re considering upgrading your landscaping to better conserve water, you’re on the right track. Contact Harris Landscape Construction in Reno today to get started.