Renovate Your Landscaping to Improve Water Performance

Renovate Your Landscaping to Improve Water Performance

Laurie McGinley
Oct 11, 2011

According to The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City, water use in the typical American home is: 58% Landscaping, 10.8% Toilet, 8.7% Clothes washer, 6.8% Shower, 6.3 % Faucet, 5.5% Leaks, 0.6% Dishwasher. If you are thinking about renovating your landscaping consider local plants and water saving irrigation strategies to lighten your water footprint.

Local plants tend to require less irrigation than other species because they evolved to grow in your particular climate. Check with your local Department of Natural Resources for a list of native species. Native plants no only use less water than non-native species but they will attract local bugs which will attract local birds and butterflies.

If you are planting water intensive species consider drip irrigation or the Olla System to deliver water directly to a plant's roots and prevent water waste to evaporation.

Related Link: Attracting Monarch Butterflies: What to Plant Los Angeles Times

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