With the summer months now upon us, consider the use of water-efficient landscaping in your upcoming garden projects. Water-efficient landscaping offers multiple benefits, beyond a lower water bill:
• Lower water bills from reduced water use.
• Conservation of natural resources and preservation of habitat for plants and wildlife such as fish and waterfowl.
• Decreased energy use (and air pollution associated with its generation) because less pumping and treatment of water is required.
• Reduced home or office heating and cooling costs through the careful placement
of trees and plants.
• Reduced runoff of stormwater and irrigation water that carries top soils, fertilizers, and pesticides into lakes, rivers, and streams.
• Fewer yard trimmings to be managed or landfilled.
• Reduced landscaping labor and maintenance costs.
• Extended life for water resources infrastructure (e.g., reservoirs, treatment plants, groundwater aquifers), thus reduced taxpayer costs.
Take a minute to read this brochure from the United Stated Environmental Protection Agency about how to best utilize water-efficient landscaping in your garden and yard projects.