Some parts of the country have to deal with serious water scarcity issues and local water preservation regulations. The latest statistics show that almost 1/3 of the total U.S. residential water gets wasted on lawn care and landscaping irrigation. In such parts of the country, xeriscaping (landscaping without turf or grasses, basically) gains interest from the landscape architecture community and environmentalists. Our lawn care Easton, CT experts visited some fully revamped properties which no longer feature turf and grasses and came back to report some of their conclusions. Since this landscaping trend is getting more and more appreciated around the country as it saves not only water, but also time, effort and money, we thought to present you with the main xeriscaping elements we encountered in our journey.
1. Hardscape Elements
This is perhaps the easiest way to cut down the size of your lawn and save water, working time and effort and a lot of lawn care money. In terms of contemporary landscape designs, hardscape can take any shape and function: driveways and pathways, stone walkways, retention walls, privacy walls, patios and decks, outdoor living spaces, fire pits, stone water ponds, water fountains, concrete pavers and so on. Surely, vegetation is not altogether missing from such landscapes, but it is indeed planted in small patches, container gardens or accent spots in between structures of wood, metal, glass, marble, bricks and so on.
2. Turf Replacements
Turf and grasses consume the most residential water of a single-family household. To lower the human impact on the environment and decrease the water consumption, some landscapists completely replaced the turf and grasses areas with white clover. While traditionally this small plant is considered a weed, a lush green carpet of white clover doesn’t look bad at all, our landscaping Easton, CT specialists noticed. This is why it is so popular:
- It needs little to no watering
- It is almost evergreen and fresh from early spring to late fall
- In summer it offers gorgeous white little flowers in a heavenly sparkling green and white carpet
- It is very resilient to heat
- It is self- sustainable, extracting its nitrogen out of the air, thus needing no fertilization
- It is resilient to other weeds and pests and needs no work throughout the year.
- People who replaced turf with white clover carpets reported significant savings in water, lawn maintenance, lawn fertilization and pest control – results translated into smaller lawn management and household bills.
3. Native Plants Landscaping
This is certainly not a new approach in landscaping, but the complete replacement of vegetation with native plants and weeds might sound a bit out of the box. Such landscaping idea is also known as “freedom lawns” – properties where native grasses, flowers, weeds, shrubs, trees and hedges coexist in full harmony. They can protect each other from weeds and pests and being adapted to your local climate, they can resists without water, fertilizers or special care. However, some of these local resilient plants can get a bit out of control, so a lawn care Easton, CT team should be called to employ a proper weed control program.