Water-Conscious Ways to Create an Eco-Friendly Landscape

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Enjoy this post on water conservation courtesy of Green Life Blue Water contributor, Mark Harris:

Saving water goes beyond turning off the tap before your lawn floods. In fact, conserving water goes far deeper than throttling back your water bill. These water-conscious changes courtesy of Green Life Blue Water can help you achieve a beautiful lawn without sacrificing the local ecosystem.

Add Non-Lawn Elements

Lush lawns aren’t the only way to make your yard look appealing. Consider non-grass elements to use less water.

rain garden © pam lazos
  • Explore rock garden [or rain garden] ideas to create a dry [or drought-resistent] yet appealing yard.
  • Learn about mulching to make the most of your watering.
  • Try groundcover plants instead of grass seed to cover dirt.
  • Hire a tree removal service to clear away old trees and dead branches.

Change How You Water

You don’t have to eliminate greenery entirely to conserve water. Changing how you water is another eco-friendly step toward a kinder landscape.

Adopt Eco-Conscious Gardening Methods

While water is one vital consideration, your lawn affects local ecosystems in other ways. Try these tips for saving the environment through smarter gardening.

honey harvest day © pam lazos

Green lawns might be appealing on the surface, but the truth is that the more diverse your landscape is, the more environmentally friendly it becomes. By taking these steps toward a more conscious garden and lawn, you are helping to conserve water. But you’re also protecting local wildlife and ecosystems, which makes your neighborhood an even better place to live.

If you want to know more about Mark’s work and insights, head over to awarenesstoolkits.com

As always, thanks for reading.

pam lazos 7.2.21

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18 Responses to Water-Conscious Ways to Create an Eco-Friendly Landscape

  1. da-AL says:

    tx for the tips – I find it’s easier to do things now that I own my own home, a small 1-story that makes it easy to toss used tea leaves onto corners of the garden, let pasta water cool & use for watering, etc…

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  2. hilarymb says:

    Hi Pam – it’s so wise to be careful with any water we use. We have droughts here, but mainly it’s a small island with an erratic rainfall, larger population … we need to think about and consider the future. Insects, tiny absolutely essential critters need water at all times too … we need to be less selfish and more aware – all the best – Hilary

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  3. Great post Pam. I replaced my front grass lawn with river rocks and been planting plants like lavender and carpet roses which once established are drought resistant. I’ve taken half of my backyard grass out and replaced with river rock, but still have some fussy water loving plants, but I’ll get there.

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  4. Mick Canning says:

    As far as lawns are concerned, they don’t really need watering at all. They’re incredibly resilient and will come back green again when the rains return. Incidentally, I tend to chuck the used washing up water over ours, which works well.

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  5. Pam, thanks for sharing these great tips for conserving water. With our current drought in California, I have to be extra careful with my water use when gardening. I use a watering can instead of the garden hose to regulate the amount of water each plant gets. This works well in areas where I have lots of potted plants.

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    • Pam Lazos says:

      Good for you, Ros. I’m sure it adds a lot of extra work to the task. I wonder why CA doesn’t ask people to stop watering their lawns and go native. It would save tons of water, right? And why they keep letting Nestle drain the San Bernardino aquifer when their in a drought. It’s crazy. 🤪

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  6. Good tips. That ‘water at the right time of day’ does make a big difference.

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