Monday, June 17, 2013
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The US water table is sinking at a rapid rate. This means that there is less water for industry, for homes, and for gardens. in the coming decades water use may be restricted to functional necessities with none left over for display.
When it comes to display, of course, one of the biggest water users at the typical home is the familiar green lawn. As water becomes scarcer, it may become necessary to find alternatives. One solution is hardscape. Patios or courtyards could take the place of all or part of some lawns.
Installation of hardscape is best handled by professionals who know how to install paving stones so that they stay even and level. Once the surface is paved, however, maintenance is relatively low.
Lawns can also be replaced by ground covers. Clover, in particular, tolerates dry weather and mowing, although it is not quite as durable as grass.
Many other ground covers can be used to good effect.
Shrubbery, perennials ad annuals can also replace parts of a lawn. By planting in beds and mulching with bark, straw or compost, gardeners can enhance the entire area. Planting beds can be used in conjunction with hardscape, of course. The area under trees is also a good candidate for mulching. Reducing the area of lawn on a property saves money and labor as well as water.
Whether the replacement is hardscape, ground cover, or planting beds, it can best present an attractive appearance without draining the bank or the water tank.