Water Smart Landscaping

Water Smart Landscaping

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Water-smart landscaping, also known as water-efficient or water-wise landscaping, refers to the practice of designing, installing, and maintaining landscapes that minimize water usage while still creating attractive and functional outdoor spaces. Due to drought and other extreme weather conditions, water conservation has become the focus for many companies in recent years, and it is more than just a passing trend. Especially for the landscaping industry, where a lot of water is used, water conservation can bring significant returns on investment for commercial landscaping clients. 

Water is a precious resource, and water-smart landscaping helps conserve it. By implementing efficient irrigation systems, using drought-tolerant plants, and employing water-saving techniques such as mulching and proper soil preparation, water usage can be significantly reduced. Let’s take a closer look at how water-smart landscaping can help preserve a precious resource and some solutions that can help us to achieve this objective. 

Environmental Sustainability and Cost Savings

Water-smart landscaping promotes environmental sustainability. When water is used efficiently, it reduces the strain on local water sources, such as rivers, lakes, and underground aquifers. By minimizing water consumption, we can protect natural habitats, maintain healthy ecosystems, and preserve biodiversity.

Water-efficient landscaping can lead to significant cost savings. By reducing water usage, homeowners and businesses can lower their water bills. Additionally, water-smart practices may qualify for rebates, incentives, or tax benefits provided by local municipalities or water agencies. Over time, these savings can add up, making water-smart landscaping financially beneficial.

Reduced Maintenance

Water-smart landscaping often requires less maintenance compared to traditional landscapes. By choosing native or adapted plants that are suited to the local climate and soil conditions and using self-watering reservoirs, the need for excessive watering, fertilizing, and pest control is minimized. This results in not only water savings but also reduced labor, time, and expenses associated with landscape maintenance.

Minimize Water Waste with TerraCast® Self-Watering Reservoirs 

As you may have heard in the past, complex problems need smart solutions. When you are dealing with a limited resource such as water, incorporating cost-effective solutions should be our top priority. TerraCast® self-watering reservoirs can save time in watering and minimize maintenance costs during hot summer months when more frequent watering is required. 

TerraCast® self-watering reservoirs come in various sizes (from 8″ to 18″ round style and 37″ long by 9″ wide rectangular style), and can be used in any brad container, as long as the bottom inside diameter of the container is bigger than the diameter of the reservoir. They are made from a non-toxic LLDPE resin material that is safe for planting edible plants. Unlike the built-in self-watering containers, there are no restrictions on soil volume and they provide more flexibility in the planting options. 

Container Materials Can Make a Big Difference

The usage of sustainable materials can go a long way in saving the amount of water needed for your plants, especially during the hot summer months. Porous materials absorb moisture, requiring a more frequent watering schedule in the summer that can lead to significant water waste. TerraCast® products made from LLDPE resin are non-porous and retain moisture in the soil longer. This reduces the need for excessive watering in dry and hot climatic conditions. 

Use TerraCast® Environmental-Friendly Products To Save Water 

If you are planning on incorporating water-smart landscaping for sustainable water management, environmental stewardship, and resource efficiency in your project, TerraCast® products are perfect for you. Our products are made from up to 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials that promote water conservation, reduces maintenance costs, enhance the resilience of irrigation systems, and contribute to healthier ecosystems – making it a valuable practice for homeowners, businesses, and communities. Speak with an expert from our team today to learn more about our products!