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Dramatic Changes = Big Water Savings

All turf grasses require more water than beds of perennials, shrubs or trees. So the most effective change you can make is to replace the lawn with beds of heat-hardy plants.

WaterSaver landscape has no more than 50 percent lawn for the entire landscape — less is even better. Although some grass varieties need less water than others to appear lush, all turf grasses require more water than beds of perennials, shrubs or trees.

So the most effective water conservation change you can make is to replace your lawn with beds of hardy, drought tolerant plants . It’ll make a dramatic difference not only on your water bill, but also in the look of your landscape.

Here are a few things to consider when deciding which part of your landscape to convert from turf to garden bed:

  • Curb appeal — Visualize where a garden bed would complement the rest of your landscape and enhance your home’s architecture.
  • View from inside — How would the bed’s placement look from your favorite vantage point within your home?
  • Underutilized area — Are there large spots you visit only when the grass has been mowed? These areas are ideal for conversion from turf to plants.
  • Sun vs. shade — Even a modest amount of shade prevents grass from growing. Instead, create beds that’ll thrive in these conditions.
  • Supersize it — Remove the turf surrounding your current beds and expand the beds you have.

Once you’ve chosen the grass area to convert, use a water hose, electrical cord, tape or water-based paint to outline the shape of your future water-saving bed. You may want to leave the layout on the ground for a day or two to make any adjustments.

Then you can move to the next step toward saving water — getting rid of the grass! Oh, and by the way, we have Landscape and Patioscape coupons that will assist you in this very task!

Click here to find out how you can receive a $100 coupon for drought tolerant plants or previous flagstones when you remove 200 square feet of lawn. You may apply for up to eight (8) coupons for your specific address.

Why spend lots of cash and water on lawns when you can reduce the grass and get beauty and money back instead?

Juan Soulas
Juan Soulas
Juan Soulas is a conservation planner for San Antonio Water System. Since joining SAWS in 2007 his duties have focused on residential water use. He works with his Conservation colleagues to help customers find ways to reduce outdoor usage without compromising the health and aesthetic quality of their landscapes. Juan also coordinates engaging outreach efforts with SAWS’ conservation partners -- Bexar County Master Gardeners, Gardening Volunteers of South Texas, San Antonio Botanical Garden and Mitchell Lake Audubon Center – to increase community access to vital conservation information.
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