Present Conservation Methods
The EPA and each State water conservation office have developed different methods to conserve water. Rather than reduce the use of water , the States and the EPA have elected to reduce your choice of landscape and ask you to plant native plants and by doing this ,no longer do you consume as much water. By implementing less landscaping from xeriscaping with drought tolerant plants, having less turf area you are not only changing the enjoyable landscape, but you are changing the cooling effect of landscaping around your home or office.
The more greenery ( namely turf and plants) you have growing, the more CO2 around your home or office is absorbed from the air to reduce the green house effect. Yes , water is becoming more and more expensive and if you can keep your existing landscape and reduce your watering needs to less than 25% of what is normally required , you have accomplished the same goal as the EPA and the State of wanting you to change your landscape.
Technologies come on the market and change the normal operating standards and procedures. With the technologies discussed in this website, you can keep your existing landscape and by implementing the following THREE STEPS
- Hollow Sand Injection
- Humectant Application
- Rainwater or Gray Water collection
you can almost pull yourself "off the grid" for landscape watering.
NEW TECHNOLOGIES - Are they reliable and proven?
Hollow Sand Technology has been in the golf course market for over 15 years and is used to eliminate localized dry spots on golf courses and to remove excess moisture in areas of less sunlight. An aeration unit is utilized to create the holes on the turf and the soil amendment is swept into the hole to handle the turf issue.
Hydretain the trade name of the patented technology that turns humidity in the air into water droplets in the landscape has extensive university testing and has been on the market over 9 years.
Rainwater collection is nothing new. It was done back in ancient times.and all we are doing is changing the way rainwater is stored. Rather than big round barrels on top of the ground which are not aesthetically pleasing, we install the same reservoirs underground to hide them from view. See the rain collection systems below and see if you prefer the rain collection system to be hidden underground or to be visible next to the building.
Below are some examples of present day rainwater technology:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Avenue
Austin, Texas 78739
Capacity: 70,000 gallons
Catchment area: 17,000 square feet
Demand: Gardens and landscaping
Harvested rainwater from three separate
catchment areas provides 10 to 15 percent of the
garden and landscaping irrigation of the Lady
Bird Johnson National Wildflower Research
Center in Austin. An integral part of its architecture, the Center's rainwater harvesting system serves to not only conserve water, but also as a public education tool.
Capacity: 28,000 gallons
Catchment area: 50,000 square feet
Demand: Native and adapted plant landscape
Two 8,000-gallon and two 6,000-gallon painted steel tanks are fed from a 24-inch-diameter collection pipe draining the 50,000-square-foot roof. Using efficient drip irrigation, captured rainwater irrigates an adjacent water-thrifty landscape of native and adapted trees and ornamentals.
Walker County Cooperative Extension Office
Capacity: 550-gallon polyethylene tank
Catchment area: 1,500 square feet
Demand: Master Gardener demonstration plot
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