Sydney-based landscaping company offers water-saving tips for Americans facing drought
California has been experiencing historic water loss for the past four years. This period of drought has left the most populated state in the U.S. looking for ways to conserve what little water is left in its reservoirs. In response to this news, Enchanted Landscapes and Design, a Sydney-based landscaping company, offers some of its water-saving tips.
"The situation has gotten so bad that in January, California's situation was declared to be a state of emergency, with officials taking action to prepare for water shortages," said Brent McCann, director of Enchanted Landscapes and Design. "We're no strangers to drought here in Australia, and one area where Californians can save a lot of water is through proper landscaping design and maintenance."
McCann and Luke Knight are the experts behind Enchanted Landscapes, and combined have more than 25 years of residential and commercial landscaping know-how in the Sydney area. As a result of their experience, on what has been called the driest continent on the planet, they are aware of the most effective water-saving practices in the country.
"Australia is known for making the most out of every drop of water. In fact a drought from 2002 to 2010 resulted in 70% less water supply but [its] farm production only went down by 13%. We survived by implementing some easy, yet smart, strategies," McCann said.
The company is now responding to the California crisis by sharing some of its tips on how homeowners can conserve water through efficient landscaping:
- Select drought-tolerant plants. Choose native plants because these are accustomed to the climate in the area so they will require less watering.
- Do not use big plants. Most of the time the bigger it is, the more water it needs.
- Use ecological mulch to help keep water evaporation minimal.
- Water in the early morning or later in the afternoon. Absence of direct sunlight means it will take longer for water to evaporate.
- Use harvested rainwater or recycled water. The cooled-down water used for boiling or rinsing vegetables, or a bucket in the shower catching excess water, also can be used to water plants.
- Choose the right plant container. Avoid metal pots, as they tend to heat up more quickly, resulting to faster evaporation.
- Remove weeds because they compete for water with the other plants.