Each year, 50% of water production is used to irrigate landscapes. When it comes to something as precious as water, anyway to use less of it should be sought out. Since Nebraska is a state that is increasingly vulnerable to periods of drought, this way of landscaping is essential. By adopting water-wise landscape practices, almost all of the water used in traditional landscapes can be conserved. Not only is conserving water in your landscape good for the environment, it is also good for your wallet by saving you costs on irrigation systems and water usage. The selection of appropriate plants will save you water when turf grass fails. Water-wise can bing about many more benefits other than reducing the amount of water needed. The key component of water-wise, selecting regionally adapted plants, brings about other benefits such as no more use of fertilizers and when done correctly no more need for herbicides to kill weeds. In many cases a water-wise landscape with a great diversity of plants and it being a self sustaining landscape can add value to one's home. In short Water-wise landscaping cost less money, and requires less time on upkeep compared to a traditional landscape, leaving you more time to enjoy your yard.
Advantages of Water-Wise landscaping include:
Lowering water consumption of the average home, business or community.
Lowering the amount of inputs, such as fertilizers, and maintenance to a landscape
Increasing the biodiversity of plants in homes, business and communities