Water Wisdom

Xeriscaping

Xeriscaping is a comprehensive approach to landscape design that accounts for microclimate and soil conditions on the site to create a sustainable solution.  There are 7 basic principles to help you create a beautiful, sustainable landscape. To read more about how to apply these principles to your home, be sure to check out this article from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

  • Planning and Design
  • Soil Analysis
  • Practical Turf Areas
  • Appropriate Plant Selection
  • Efficient Irrigation
  • Use of mulches
  • Appropriate Maintenance

Water Wise Around The House

A few small changes can make a huge difference.  By changing our habits and tweaking our actions, we can use water more efficiently, lower our costs, and keep our environment happy.  Even though we are in the Permian Basin, when we save water, we can help to reduce pollutant and contaminant runoff into the ground and extend the life of our sewer or septic system.

  • Inspect all pipes and faucets for leaks
  • Check toilets for hidden leaks
  • Install ultra-low volume toilets and low-flow showerheads
  • Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth, and take shorter showers
  • Load the automatic dishwasher and washing machine to capacity before running them
  • Clean vegetables using water in a pan and a vegetable brush rather than letting the tap run
  • Insulate your hot water pipes to waste less water before hot water flows
  • Wash the car with soap, water, and a bucket; use a hose with a shut-off nozzle for a quick final rinse
  • Use a broom to clean sidewalks or driveway, instead of washing them down with a hose

Water Wise Around The Yard

The greatest waste of water results from applying it too rapidly or too often to lawns and gardens.  Water applied too rapidly is lost as runoff, which may carry polluting fertilizers and pesticides into streams and lakes.  The cycle and soak method is best for reducing runoff and making sure your lawn and garden get the moisture it needs to thrive.  For this method, water is applied in multiple shorter cycles. This allows the water to soak into the soil before running off, promoting deeper roots and healthier plants.

  • Water lawns only when needed.
  • Use native or adapted plants that do well on little water.
  • Mulch plants to hold in moisture and limit weed growth
  • Install efficient irrigation systems.
  • Use drip irrigation systems for bedded plants.
  • Water lawns during the early morning or evening hours.
  • Never water on windy days.
  • Make sure that sprinkler heads are properly adjusted to avoid watering sidewalks and driveways.

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3500 N A St Ste 1500  •  Midland, TX 79705
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