If you are looking for a way to upgrade your home inside and out, we have more than enough ideas. With our tips, you will increase the value of your real estate and create a home you have always dreamed of. That being said, today we will talk about the most important thing of your home, the thing that everyone first sees and the thing that leaves a long-lasting first impression! That’s right, you have guessed it, it is your garden! It is the garden that we must pay special attention to and here is how you can achieve just that with some amazing water features! Also, learn more about how you can conserve water and make this environment not just beautiful but also economic and ecological.
Water conservation is essential in sustaining the projected population growth in Utah. To help Utahns preserve water, the Conservation Garden Park in West Jordan is stretching its existing water supplies while educating the public on water-wise landscaping.
“People may think that they have to give something up to save water in their landscapes,” said Clifton B. Smith, garden manager at the Conservation Garden Park. “The fact is that waterwise landscapes are healthier, more beautiful and better for the environment. Done properly, they also save time and money in maintenance.”
Waterwise Conservation Garden Park, managed by Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, contains interactive education exhibits on nearly 6.5 acres of water-wise landscapes – created to teach conservation methods to the public. While touring the grounds, homeowners and building owners can see water-wise plants that can be used on their properties.
The Conservation Garden Park is made up of native and non-native perennials along with a few potted annuals. The yards at the park, which can be seen by a leisurely stroll around the gardens, demonstrate how various plants can be used to conserve water. Shaun Moser, a gardener at the Conservation Garden Park, suggests replacing unused turf with water-wise plants. Examples of water-wise plants – especially native plants – can be found throughout the park. Rocky Mountain Maple trees can be seen in the Woodland Yard, and the Green Mormon Tea is located along the park’s walkways.
“Using plants native to Utah helps to conserve water since they are used to using water they naturally get from the weather,” Moser said, referencing the High Desert Garden Yard at the park. The Desert Yard was watered by hand during its first year and has grown with only natural irrigation since.This yard includes a Mimosa Tree, Desert Four O’Clocks, and a Desert Willow – all viable plants for a water-wise landscape.
The Harvest Yard is an example of landscaping that is made up of edible plants and plant products. The Concord Grape Vine growing on a trellis in the yard does well in Utah’s climate and uses little water while also producing edible grapes, Moser said.
Fruit trees can also be a good option for water-wise plants. A common misconception for growing fruit trees is that they need lots of water, Moser said. However, this is not the case, especially for personally harvested trees. The more a fruit tree is watered, the more fruit it will produce, he said.
Thyme is a good water-conserving alternative to grass, Moser said. Like grass, Thyme is durable enough to be tread upon. However, unlike grass, Thyme does not need to be mowed, does well in the shade and uses little water.
Native grasses are also a wise alternative to turf, Moser continued. The ornamental grasses use little water, are easy to maintain and make similar sounds to Quaking Aspen when the wind rustles them. These plants can also add interest to a landscape during the winter months.
Water-Efficient Irrigation Systems
Moser suggests that the best way to water your landscape is by combining a pop-up sprinkler system with a drip system. The drip system is effective in planters because it waters the roots of plants directly. Pop-up systems are ideal for turf because they can cover a large area equally.
“If I were installing a system, I would do the pop-up heads in the grass and the drip system in the planting beds,” Moser said. “I think that is the overall best way to do it.”
Watering less will make the roots of plants grow deeper into the ground and make the plants healthier, Moser said. Using sprinkler systems during the night or in the early morning will allow for more effective watering since the sun isn’t out and the wind isn’t blowing. Moser also suggested checking the pressure of sprinkler systems; too high of water pressure will emit small droplets that are easily blown away by the wind.