How expensive is a natural grass lawn?
By most estimates, more than 50% of household water usage is outdoors. Sure, you want your landscaping to look good but that kind of overindulgence wastes a precious natural resource and runs up a serious tab with your water service provider! The biggest offender? Those large, lush lawns we all love. They guzzle water like a Hummer guzzles gas. So how can you get the most mileage out of both your landscaping and your water usage?
One way is through a technique called hydrozoning. Unlike xeriscaping, or dry landscaping, which is common in the Southwest and other desert areas, hydrozoning simply calls for grouping plants with similar water requirement together in order to conserve water. (Not to mention, the plants are happier, too.) Water-intensive plants, such as trees and shrubs that need frequent deep watering, should be planted together in an “oasis,” usually located closer to the residential structure. Water-wise and native plants should be grouped in separate areas that will receive much less rainfall or irrigation.
But hydrozoning can be challenging for those who love their lawns. Those thirsty turf grasses make it difficult to create low-water areas because nearby grasses have to have plenty of water to survive. But continually irrigating your lawn soon turns your water-wise plantings limp and woozy. Yet there is a way to indulge in moderation: include artificial lawn zones in your landscape plan.
Because synthetic turf has no water requirements, you can allow your plantings to dictate your watering schedule. You’ll have a beautiful lawn even under large shade trees and around beds that like a regular drink, as well as around low-consuming areas that showcase your native plants and low-water selections. Because you’re able to water efficiently, each zone gets just the amount of water it needs, so plants are not under stress.
You’ll be a lot less stressed, too – every time your water bill arrives!