Drought cycles coupled with increasing urban population growth is putting pressure on water supplies in many areas throughout the US prompting calls for increasing water conservation in the landscape.
Traditional landscape practices tend to promote inefficient water use. A shift in thinking is necessary in order to promote water conservation in the home landscape.
Seven Principles of Water-Wise Design are currently being promoted to reduce water use in the landscape. These principles include using native or plants adapted to the local climate, reducing the amount of lawn, using mulches, hydrozoning, and applying appropriate amounts of water for plant needs.
Water conserving landscapes can be as lush as desired