Environmental Considerations: Sustainable Water Management

Water Efficient Plants

Eco-friendly water management isn’t just about choosing plants that use less water. Instead, it’s a whole outlook that prioritizes the health of the water systems on your property, and the larger water systems that your property protects. These sustainable water management practices begin once you embark on a landscape project. 

The practice of sustainable water management can help you achieve other goals, including a more beautiful property, spending less money on irrigation, and conserving water use. Here’s what you need to know about sustainable water management strategies. 

What is Water Efficient Landscaping?   

There are many philosophies and strategies that count as water-efficient landscaping. All strategies seek to minimize how much water your landscape uses, while protecting the quality of the water and keeping the environment beautiful. You do not need to sacrifice the beauty of your landscape in order to implement sustainable water use practices. 

Some of the water-efficient landscaping practices you can consider for your home include: 

  • Have a smaller lawn and use stones or other landscaping instead 
  • Choose plants that require less water or that better survive drought 
  • Use more efficient irrigation methods that match your landscape’s needs 
  • Include water retention methods to reduce irrigation needs 
  • Grade slope and use specific ground cover plants to hold water on the property 
  • Choose plants that can clean water sources on the property 
  • Use mulch and improve soil quality to help retain water 
  • Group plants by their water needs 
  • Regularly maintain the landscape and update it to changing conditions 

Sustainable Water Management 

Protect your water and the water table from contamination may also be part of your eco-friendly water management practices. Especially in commercial environments, you may accidentally release contaminants into your landscape that may impact the quality of water in your area. In this case, it’s important to take steps to limit the damage. You may use products like the AquaBlok to prevent the spread of contaminants and absorb them so that they can be removed. 

AquaBlok can also be used during pond construction, to mitigate floods from wetlands, and create dams and berms to stabilize slopes. All of these applications can be used to better manage the water on your property, depending on what it needs.  

Pond in Yard

Benefits of Sustainable Water Management 

There is a huge range of benefits you’ll receive when you choose to practice and implement sustainable water practices. Your landscape will be both more beautiful and easier to maintain. You’ll see reduced water costs and potentially reduced heating and cooling costs due to the wise placement of shade-providing plants. Whatever your goals are for your property, sustainable water management can help. 

A beautiful landscape does not require you to use gallons of water, with the correct techniques you can have a beautiful landscape that is also sustainable. Let the experts at Natural Landscape Group make your water-management eco-friendly. 

Sources: 

https://www3.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/waterefficiency.pdf 

https://www.aquablok.com/remediation/products/aquablok 

https://easyturf.com/2017/04/creating-environmentally-friendly-landscape/ 

https://groundsolutionsco.com/applications/unique-applications/aquablok/