Practicing Water Conservation in Your Garden

by Allen Quay

in Sustainable


Are You Worried About Water Restrictions Destroying Your Garden? How Much Water Does Your Landscape Require? Are there alternatives to water dependent lawns?

Water conservation is a big deal in many places around the world. Many municipalities restrict the use of watering the garden to certain days and have heavy fines for violators. Fortunately, your landscape can be beautiful without needing extensive watering.

Here’s some water conservation tips to follow:

  • Go native: Plants that naturally grow in your area require very little maintenance and can typically flourish without the need for extra watering.
  • Add life with bioswales and rain gardens: Areas that naturally collect the most water are ideal for natural gardens. At the same time, these sustainable landscape features improve drainage and water quality.
  • Use rain barrels: Rain barrels are an excellent way to capture roof water run off. They can be purchased in many sizes and shapes, and are perfect for storing water until needed later for irrigation or washing the car.


Tip: Hayneedle has a good selection of rain barrels and related equipment to choose from at reasonable prices and they can ship right to your door.


  • Update your irrigation system: Cracked sprinkler heads and clogged nozzles can put an even bigger drain on scarce resources. If it’s been awhile since your sprinklers were installed, you may want to shop around for a more efficient system.
  • Deep watering: When watering your lawn or plant material it’s best to water longer deeper and less often as apposed to shorter, shallower and more frequent. This practice allows the roots to grow deeper and stronger creating a healthier plant and water is harder to evaporate deeper in the ground.
  • [pullquote]With a little planning, you can keep your landscape beautiful and vibrant without violating your local water regulations.[/pullquote]Plan you zones: When installing your irrigation systems it’s important to divide your zones according to your plant’s water requirements. This will reduce water consumption by giving your plants the right amount of water to survive.
  • Minimize or eliminate lawns: Consider pavers, gravel, and ground covers to add functionality and style to your outdoor space. Choose low water grasses that are native to your area for the areas where a lawn is a must.
  • Group plants to reduce maintenance: Take advantage of the beauty of both sun and shade gardens. Most importantly, keep plants that require more water closest to your lawn to simplify irrigation.


With a little planning, you can keep your landscape beautiful and vibrant without violating your local water regulations. Take a look at the principles of xeriscaping for more water conservation tips to minimize your landscape’s water needs.


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