Because of Florida's year-round relentless heat, you may want to consider different ways to save water with your landscaping. Here at Lithia Landscape & Design, we offer landscape design, irrigation repair services, and more to help you conserve water.
Below, you can check out six ways to save water with your landscaping.
1. Choose drought-tolerant plants.
While you don't have to replace all of your landscape bed plants, consider swapping some of them out for drought-tolerant options. Even if you only replace half of your current plants with drought-tolerant ones, you will save a lot of water. Here are some common drought-tolerant plants for your Florida yard:
- Saw Palmetto
- Blanket Flower
- Longleaf Pine
2. Get your irrigation systems repaired.
Our team can repair your current irrigation and sprinkler systems. We recommend getting issues like poor water pressure, damaged sprinkler heads, and broken pipes fixed as quickly as possible. These issues can create inadequate water distribution and abnormal pooling. By addressing these problems, we can reduce how much water you need to use in your landscape.
3. Re-do your landscape design.
Through our landscape design services, we help you with the placement of plants, water features, and hardscapes to ensure that all your softscaping receives the water it needs to thrive.
4. Water the soil rather than the leaves.
While most landscape owners have good intentions, their watering practices may fall short of efficient. Instead of watering your plants' leaves, we suggest watering their soil with a drip irrigation system. By doing so, you will minimize evaporation.
While you can water efficiently with a hose, we recommend getting a professionally-designed irrigation or sprinkler system. These systems will offer a more direct delivery of water that will save you water and money in the long run.
5. Install a rain barrel on the side of your house.
Take advantage of nature's natural water supply. Install a rain barrel on the side of your house. You can have a professional incorporate this rainwater into your current irrigation system, or you can use watering cans to distribute the water to your landscape's plants.
As a bonus, rainwater in your area is most likely a lot better for your plants' health.
6. Implement good mowing practices.
Your lawn is probably one of your landscape's biggest consumers of water. Whenever you mow your grass, be sure to not cut it too short. Doing so will deprive your soil of shade and cause excessive evaporation, which will require you to water your lawn more frequently.
The adequate height for your grass will vary depending on your area and particular species of grass, but the ideal height is around 2.5 inches.
To save on water, never remove more than one-third of your grass's current height.
Do you want to save water with your landscaping? Contact us for a consultation.
If you want professional help with your landscaping, our team is available to serve properties in Valrico, Brandon, Lithia, and the surrounding areas. Call us at (813) 927-0429 to speak with one of our experienced landscapers. We help you implement water-saving strategies that benefit both the environment and your wallet.