10 Low-Water Use Landscape Design Basics

Irrigation-friendly design tips to implement into your water management program

Low Water Design
Mix colors and textures with plants and groundcovers and use structures and hardscapes to frame the landscape.

Irrigation-friendly garden design can be easy. Contrary to popular belief, these landscape designs do not just have to showcase rocks and cacti. A well-designed landscape can still look like it belongs in any popular home and garden magazine.

A full landscape overhaul may not be necessary to achieve substantial water savings. Many simple ideas can be incorporated into your existing landscapes and with sound fundamental techniques you can achieve beauty and water savings. To help you, here is a list of 10 basics to help achieve a low-water use landscape design that is cost effective and attractive.

  1. Install a controller that self-adjusts to the weather.

  2. Use low volume irrigation.

  3. Choose plants with a variety of colors and textures.

  4. Don’t choose plants that will out-grow their given environment.

  5. Choose plants with a tighter, slower-growth habit.

  6. Add a multi-trunk tree canopy to create vertical interest.

  7. Pick a low-growing (turf substitute) groundcover for foreground planting.

  8. Incorporate hardscape which ties to the naturalistic design.

  9. Use natural looking groundcover textures, such as dry creeks, boulders, or decomposed granite to enhance the natural look.

  10. Add land grading or multiple elevations in your design to add interest on the ground.

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