The Truth Behind Landscaping and Water Conservation
Most people consider landscaping a great factor in water conservation.
However, most critics contend that landscaping is the number one consumer
of water. Most people believe that the more abundant the garden is, the
more water it consumes.
What they do not know is that, in reality, landscaping only consumes 2.9%
of the overall water consumption on a national scale. This can even be
lowered if people will be sensible enough to take into consideration the
limitation of the water supply.
So what accounts for the excesses in water consumption?
According to some experts, the main cause of excessive water consumption
in landscaping is actually due to improper usage. This shows that people
are the ones who create the problems by themselves.
One of the common mistakes that people do when using water for
landscaping is by using the wrong irrigation procedures and noticeably
poor landscaping plans.
In fact, most experts assert that the natural resource of water can
supply up to 67% of the overall water use in a year. Taking this into
perspective, this can become a vast opportunity for water conservation.
However, the fact remains the same: Landscapers or gardeners are humans
subject to human frailties brought about by their freedom to choose and
decide whatever they want. Even when some experts try to introduce the
correct way to consume water in landscaping, they still have the tendency
to do otherwise.
How can it be done? Take for example the water sprink ler. It would be
better to use an “automatically timed water sprinkler.” This way, full
control of the required water use is accomplished.
It would be better to use a water sprinkler that can be set to operate
only when the temperature is very low to avoid immediate evaporation.
This would mean more water for the plants and less evaporation.
A good landscaper should also keep in mind that a plant’s life is not
fully dependent not water alone. It is best to maintain the landscape’s
appearance by keeping it healthy and eliminate the growth of pests.
Landscaping and water conservation should go hand in hand. People should
keep in mind that maintaining a good landscape should not be fully
dependent on using a large amount of water but by using that water
efficiently. The conclusion - excess use of water is bad.