Have a backyard in the Dallas area? See these unique water wise landscaping ideas.
With the high cost of utilities and a growing awareness of the need to conserve water, many homeowners are looking for backyard landscaping ideas that allow for reduced water use. The average homeowner uses more than twice the amount of water their lawn needs – to the detriment of their monthly bills and the community’s use of water.
Principles of Low Water Use Landscape Design
The following are two principles of landscapes design intended for low water use:
1. Irrigation – the implementation of efficient watering involves one of the oldest and most useful methods of watering – the use of irrigation to transfer water naturally.
2. Permeable hardscape elements – implementing stone walls, patios, tile paths, and more to define a usable backyard landscape that makes use of the natural grass areas while creating outdoor living spaces.
Both principles are at the heart of creating beautiful and usable outdoor living spaces that can be enjoyed year-round without adding unnecessary chores to the homeowner’s list.
Permeable, or pervious hardscape design elements include decomposed granite, pebbles, river rock and other materials that allow the water and oxygen to penetrate into the ground. Other materials include pavers, brick, cut stone, gravel and more. There are also some exciting materials that are considered ‘green’ and quite beautiful – recycled tumbled glass is one.
5 Starter Backyard Landscaping Ideas
backyard landscape ideas dallasUsing the principles listed above, the following are some unique backyard landscaping ideas ideal for reducing your overall water usage in Dallas/Fort Worth neighborhoods such as Highland Park, University Park, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Coppell, Southlake and Colleyville:
1. Define public areas and private areas so that you can enjoy the various spaces in your backyard differently – with groups, or as a private hideaway.
2. Introduce walkways and paved areas that lead to public and private areas and allow for outdoor living while reducing the need to water.
3. Define topography – higher and lower areas of the lawn – to give the landscape some additional appeal while taking advantage of the natural irrigation.
4. Introduce plants that are appropriate to the level of sun exposure and group them according to their need for water within the irrigated areas.
5. Implement a line as a design element that connects the people in the house with the landscape – bold sweeping lines and curves are more appealing than angles and zigzags.
Water-wise landscaping doesn’t have to mean losing greenery to a long sweeping view of rocks, but it does mean applying the principle of low-water-use gardening to create a unified landscape to enjoy for years to come. These backyard landscape ideas are just a start to get you thinking about the landscape and hardscape features you may like to see and enjoy in your backyard.
While the creative excitement with backyard landscaping ideas can be a lot of fun, it is useful to work on a design plan before implementing your ideas. So if you are working within a smaller space or a rather large backyard, for example, you can still ensure that the design is neither too busy nor too scattered. And not to forget the aspects of water-efficiency discussed above.
One way to ensure your backyard landscaping ideas are well planned and skilfully executed is by hiring a professional landscape designer. With a professional’s expert help you can transform your backyard into a calming, relaxing oasis or simply, create a fun place to be—just the way you want!