Water-saving landscapes provide a beautiful, low-maintenance alternative to thirsty turfgrasses. By utilizing slow-growing and drought-tolerant plants, you greatly reduce the amount of water you use.
SEVEN STEPS TO A WATER-CONSERVING LANDSCAPE
- PLANNING AND DESIGN Sketch an aerial view of your property, including fences, trees, structures and walkways. Determine areas of sun and shade and general drainage patterns. The Landscape Planning Leaflet can provide you with more information.
- SOIL IMPROVEMENT Assess your soil's quality and its ability to accommodate your intended plant life. Increase its organic matter by adding compost.
- TURF PLANNING Use drought-tolerant turf species, and reduce the areas it will cover to only functional and visually appealing areas.
- PLANT SELECTION AND PLACEMENT Use drought-resistant plants adapted to Oklahoma to decrease water usage. Generally these plants have small, thick, glossy or fuzzy leaves. Plants with similar watering needs should be grouped together to increase water efficiency.
- MULCH COVER Use mulch to help retain soil moisture, prevent erosion and control weeds. Mulch should be 2-3 inches thick and occasionally reapplied.
- IRRIGATION Avoid overwatering by employing soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems for optimum efficiency. Rule of thumb: water deeply and less frequently.
- MAINTAINING THE LANDSCAPE Keep weeds at bay by using mulch. Don’t mow too low! Raising your mowing level can help retain moisture in your lawn.
Not sure where to start? Check out these free Water Saving Design Ideas for Oklahoma Landscapes. The Water Smart label will help you find products in local nurseries that require less water.