Eco-Friendly Irrigation Solutions – Watering Solutions for Your Landscape

A professional horticulturist can tell you how much organic fertilizer and water you need for a particular plant or type of vegetation, but how do you know when you water whether you are watering too little or too much?

An Improperly Designed Irrigation Plan

An improperly designed irrigation plan can cause runoff in some areas and a depletion of moisture in others. Many landscaping plants and young trees die each year because they starve for water. Overwatered areas are also a cause for concern and result in wasted water.

The Seeping Bag System

There are a few products designed to better control the water reaching the roots, and they are simple to use if you don’t have the convenience of an automatic irrigation system.

These products are found under different names, but they are based on the same concept which is that of a bag to hold water that slowly seeps out and into the soil.

When the bag becomes empty, you simply fill it again and keep the irrigation going. There is much less water wasted because it goes into the soil at a very slow rate.

Irrigating garden plants can be a much more difficult thing to accomplish because it doesn’t make sense to have a bag for every plant, and some plants don’t need nearly as much water as others do.

The Soaker Hose Solution

A weep soaker hose is a good way to water garden plants, but that can still be ineffective if the weep holes are not strategically located to apply just the right amount of water to each plant.

You can consider making your own soaker hose. A relatively inexpensive hosepipe can be laid out and the holes made with a pin at the exact areas where the water is needed. This requires some tweaking after the initial installation, but it still conserves a great deal of water when installed properly.

Both of these irrigation techniques help to conserve our resources in Denver and any other location where landscape and garden irrigation is necessary. The key to eco-friendly watering is to keep conservation in mind so that valuable water resources are not wasted.

Solar Landscape Lighting – An Eco-Friendly Landscaping Component

Solar lighting as a part of your landscaping plan is an appealing way to provide inexpensive functional low-light illumination for aesthetics and to offer improved mobility in the dark.
Later generation solar landscaping lights can last for years and are easy to replace when they do reach the end of their lifecycle.  How well they work is dependent upon several factors.  Most notably these are:
  1. The type of product that is used – Older model solar lights used incandescent bulbs and the photovoltaic cells and batteries were very limited on longevity.  Most of the first generation models weren’t worth the time it took to put them in the ground.  LED (liquid-emitting diode) lights have a much longer life, and nickel-cadmium or nickel-metal-hydride batteries will recharge many times.
  2. Location of the lights – Because lighting is very low with these units, you should plan to have a sufficient number of them to allow for a person to easily navigate from point A to point B without incident.  Usually, it is a good idea to install them on both sides of a walkway to clearly outline the area of passage.
  3. Feasibility of solar landscaping lights – Not every home is ideal for solar lighting.  Those with a great deal of shade may not allow proper charging of the batteries during the daylight hours.  Placing a light under a bush or a spreading shade tree will most certainly limit the amount of light the unit delivers.
Keep in mind that solar lights will not burn all night in most cases.  If you live in an area with limited sunlight hours, don’t expect the batteries to get a full charge nor burn that many hours after sundown.  Generally solar panels get a longer charge in the summer months than the winter ones, so they will last longer at night during the warmer months.
The best feature about solar landscape lighting is it conserves precious energy by offering a renewable energy source.  Solar lawn and garden lights are sensible environmentally friendly additions to consider in your gardening and landscaping design.

Smart Water Conservation Ideas for Gardening and Lawn Maintenance

Water may be plentiful in some areas of the country, but careful conservation is needed everywhere.  Climate shifts and long dry spells lead to a heavy demand on scarce water resources in many places, and regulations may not allow for the use of water for lawn maintenance or gardens.  Even if water is available for irrigation, it can be very costly when applied inefficiently.

Labor Saving Irrigation Systems – Proper Design is Essential

Irrigation systems are wonderful labor savers for lawn maintenance, but how many of them are properly designed to achieve the best use of the water?  If you drive through Denver and observe some automatic sprinkler systems in operation, you are likely to see water running off in some places.  It is a crime to watch water, which is vital to our existence, flowing into storm drains while the needle on the water meter is rotating.
Water Conversation Tips for Irrigation Systems

Most irrigation plans don’t take into consideration the different types of irrigation needs for different conditions.  The result is that some locations don’t get enough water and others are overly saturated.  Simple water conservation techniques include:
  • Putting water only where it is needed – Sprinkler heads should be carefully adjusted and strategically placed so water is not broadcast into the street and other places it is not needed.  Drip systems use much less water when they can be incorporated into the irrigation system.
  • Monitoring and overriding timed irrigation – Do you ever see irrigation of landscaping taking place during the pouring rain?  This is a criminal waste of water, but it happens all the time.
  • Water at the right time of day – When the heat index is very high, a great deal of the water that is thrown into the air will evaporate before it can do the garden or lawn any good.  You should water when the temperatures are cooler, and give the water time to sink into the soil before the heat starts to rise again.
Get the most from the water you have whether there is a seemingly endless supply or only a little.  Many don’t realize the importance of water conversation until they have to do without. Being conservative of our natural resources is a good habit to develop, and it is a contributing factor to environmentally friendly gardening and lawn maintenance.

Low Water Landscape Design

A client was looking for a low water and low maintenance landscaping design for a Denver rental property.  Our designer came up with a great looking design that would cut down on water usage and keep maintenance to a minimum.

denver landscape design