Automated irrigation systems are common place for both commercial and residential properties. Although they are convenient and efficient, and watering times can be adjusted with timers, these systems do not take into account daily fluctuations in rain. The last few years in Santa Fe the drought has felt severe, yet, this summer season we were blessed with regular rain that was appreciated by avid gardeners and trees alike!
Water sensors can be installed to monitor moisture levels, ensuring that your irrigation system does not activate when there is already sufficient soil moisture (aka a "rainy day"). These smart-system water sensors are a great choice for Santa Fe, where monsoons are unpredictable and water is a precious resource. Contact us today and one of our licensed irrigation technicians can discuss with you how implementing a water sensor at your home or business can save you water and money.
For large commercial properties, water costs can be a large part of the budget, particularly in the late spring, summer and early fall. It is important to review your water usage through a thorough irrigation audit, as well as assess the current type of landscaping. A water-efficient, sustainable landscape can reduce water use by 25-55%.
- Place plants with similar water needs together for more efficient use of water
- Use plants that are native to the region. Once they are established, they will require little to no water.
- Apply a ground cover over planter beds, such as gravel or mulch to help retain water and help prevent water-consuming weeds from cropping up.
- Convert turf areas to synthetic lawn or gravel, or choose a grass type that requires less water. Buffalo or Bermuda grass need 20% less water than other species.
Living in our high desert climate in Santa Fe, factored with an ongoing drought, high water costs, and increasing concern over environmental impact of human existence, the need to emphasize sustainable landscaping is more important than ever.
Sustainable landscaping is defined as a landscape management program that has developed in response to environmental issues that focuses on reducing waste and environmental impact.
As any commercial property owner or manager knows, maintaining landscaping is a considerable expense. However, costs can easily be minimized by converting to a more xeric, sustainable landscape, without sacrificing aesthetic appeal.
Sustainable landscaping solutions include:
We love these traditional cottage garden flowers for Santa Fe gardens! These tall, beautiful flowers look great against fences, gates or the side of your home. The ygrow easily from a seed and do very well in our unique Santa Fe climate. The red and pink varieties are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.
Although Hollyhocks are considered short lived perennials, living only 2 or 3 years, they continually reseed themselves, allowing you to enjoy them for many years. In the late fall, it is best to cut them back. These flowers also benefit from mulching.
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