Nadine Scott, who is very much into native plants and butterfly gardening, discusses "Butterfly Gardening, Bring on the Natives" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, as the fall lecture for the Butterfly Society of Virginia.
For more information, visit this post on Kathy Van Mullekom's Diggin' In blog.
Friday, October 22, 2010
An American family of four can use 400 gallons of water per day, and about 30 percent of that is devoted to outdoor uses. More than half of that outdoor water is used for watering lawns and gardens. Nationwide, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for almost one-third of all residential water use, totaling more than 7 billion gallons per day.
As populations increase, demand on our water resources will grow. Conserving water can prevent or postpone the expense of building or renovating new water supply facilities.
By making changes to some of our landscaping practices, we can all make a difference in water conservation.
Here are some suggestions to reduce the amount of water used for your home landscape:
- Group plants by their water requirements
- Use drought tolerant plants
- Cut down on the amount of lawn in your landscape. Turfgrass is a water hog.
- Water only when plants begin to droop. Then, water before dawn.
- Monitor irrigation systems. Are you watering the street or driveway?
- Use a rain sensors, soaker hoses and drip irrigation.
- Mulch to retain moisture.
- Use rain barrels.
Find a Watersense Irrigation Specialist
Wise Water Use
Conserving Water Outdoors
10 Tips to Conserve Water Outside
Waterwise Landscaping Guide