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Water Conservation Is Getting Creative

Water Conservation Is Getting Creative

Water conservation is more the norm these days than in past decades, but that doesn’t mean you or your lawn need to suffer to do the right thing. There are easy, simple things you can do to conserve your most valuable resource. This is especially true in a drought.

From changing your landscaping to installing rain catchers, there are several ways to make the most of the water you have.

Changing Your Plants

Sure, the water-thirsty roses are beautiful, but not practical for hot, dry climates. Many homeowners are finding they can have thriving, blooming yards with native and drought-resistant plants. It is best to start with native plants that can thrive in your area. You may want to try a theme, like a cacti garden.

Other options are a variety of grasses, low blooming shrubs, herbs, and vegetables like broccoli or tomatoes. The bonus is you can eat what you grow! You can add other elements like boulders, pebbles and potted plants to add beauty and keep water conservation in mind.

Getting Rid of Natural Grass

Everyone knows natural grass needs constant watering. Even then, it could still turn brown and dry especially in the winter or in a drought. There are weeds that grow and it needs constant care. You need to get rid of it.

There are several alternatives to natural grass. You can reduce green yard space with concrete patios, wood decks, flagstone walkways, and a vegetable garden. You can also use pebbles and rocks to expand garden areas, create large expanded patio areas and for walkways.

While these are good, cost-effective ideas, they won’t give you the green grass you like. The best alternative for those who want that look is artificial grass. Artificial turf will give you the beauty you crave without watering or heavy-handed maintenance.

Synthetic grass looks and feels like real grass, so the kids and pets can run around on it without noticing any difference. It stays plush all year long, so you will have a constant beautiful lawn. The best part is it is low maintenance. There’s no mowing, no weed-whipping, no pesticides, no fertilizer to put out. It is great for water conservation because it needs no water. The only water you will use is a spray hose to wash away your pet’s urine or a stain from fecal matter.

Recycling Water

There are several low-cost and attractive waters to do this. You can install rain catchers along your drain spouts or near a patio and use the rainwater on your plants and garden.

You can use buckets to catch water in showers and sinks that typically goes down the drain while you’re waiting for it to turn hot. This water can be used to water plants, put in bird baths, or even to wash your car.

Wait until your dishwasher is full before you run it. Also, forget about prewashing. Today’s smart dishwashers reportedly work better if the dishes have food on them.

You can wash your laundry less often too. Towels can be used more than once or twice if you hang them up to dry after your shower. Bed sheets can go a little longer also, really up to two weeks before they need changing. Some clothes, like sweaters, shirts, and dresses can typically be worn more than once before they need washing.

Most people understand how important water conservation is, but many don’t know where to start. Implementing these ideas will make a difference not only in your water use but in your water bill too.

 
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5 Drought Tolerant Plants for Your Yard

5 Drought Tolerant Plants for Your Yard

5 Drought Tolerant Plants for Your Yard

We all know that switching from natural lawns to artificial turf can save a ton of water. However if you’re still watering other plants on your property, your water bill still has a way to go. Over the last few years, we have seen many people converting their yards to be more resistant to the California drought. This is great, and if that’s something that you’re looking into for your home, this article is a great starting point, so here are 5 drought tolerant plants for your yard.

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Synthetic Turf LEED Certification | What does it mean?

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Synthetic Turf LEED Certification: How you can get credits for switching to synthetic turf

synthetic turf LEED certificationInstalling synthetic turf can assist business owners receive LEED Certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The U.S. Green Building Council states that, “LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.” For business owners, this means that incorporating synthetic turf into their building or office park can have huge benefits.

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What is the environmental impact of artificial turf?

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The Environmental Impact of Artificial Turf

In California, watering natural lawns in homes and businesses amounts to about seven percent of the state’s water supply. In fact, about 51 percent of the state’s water usage from families is from home lawn upkeep. This is very taxing to the state’s total water usage. If residents switched from natural lawns to artificial turf, the state’s water use be cut by almost 25 percent. Why does this matter? Simply because the state’s severe drought is causing water costs to drastically rise. As a homeowner, avoiding these heavy water costs is important. When combining this factor with the cost of living in California, it is clear that your wallet is taking heavy, unnecessary hits. This article explores not only the water savings from converting to a synthetic lawn, but also the true environmental impact of artificial turf.

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Five Myths About Artificial Turf

Five Myths About Artificial Turf

If you are interested in installing a synthetic lawn, it is likely that you have heard several myths about artificial turf. In this age of infinite access to information, we’re bound to hear many things that have the potential to shape our decisions. We intend to clear up some of the mysteries about purchasing turf or installing a synthetic lawn.

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Short on Time? Artificial Grass may be the Solution.

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The demand for artificial grass for landscaping is growing at 10 to 15 percent per year. This has been stimulated by several factors, including the desire for lower maintenance, an all weather surface, and the recent droughts in the country that have led to a serious water shortage.

Modern artificial turf offers high quality surfaces, a realistic appearance, and long life which is why it makes perfect sense for gardeners who are strapped for time. That’s because artificial grass requires minimal maintenance and frees gardeners to focus on other tasks such as tending to flower gardens, home maintenance, and business. It’s a smart choice that saves both time and water, and it looks good too!

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What’s Changing California’s Landscape? | NBCNEWS

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The drought is changing California’s landscape in some unexpected ways.

Not only is it drying up lakes, turning streams to a trickle and causing the land to sink, it’s weaning Californians off lush, water-guzzling lawns.

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Is it time for a fake lawn?

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There’s just something beautiful and comforting about mown grass. Whether you’re throwing a ball, lying in the shade on a hot day, or sitting outside on a warm night, a green lawn is a pleasure.

Writer Wallace Stegner, having grown up in dry, wild Saskatchewan, Canada, first saw a lawn at age 11 in Montana. “I stooped down and touched its cool nap in awe and unbelief. I think I held my breath ― I had not known that people anywhere lived with such grace.”

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New California law protects brown lawns from homeowners associations

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Jessica Calefati recently reported that homeowners associations can no longer fine residents who fail to water their lawns during droughts under legislation sponsored by a San Jose lawmaker.

Reports earlier this year that a San Lorenzo association threatened in writing to retaliate against a man with a burned lawn inspired Assembly Bill 2100. But reports of those threats — the focus of at least one television news story — might have been inaccurate.

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Affordability Shows Itself In A Number Of Different Ways With Artificial Grass

We know that there are many ‘would-be’ artificial grass owners who have long considered undertaking an installation at their home, only to talk themselves out of it for fear of the cost being prohibitive. Sadly, many of them have reached this conclusion without truly looking into the costs as well as the benefits. At Artificial Turf Express, we cater to contractors and the do-it-yourself crowd.

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