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We don't live in England! This site was created to highlight issues and solutions for conserving water on lawns and landscapes across the US.
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Prepare now for summer water conservation

Prepare now for summer water conservation | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Here we are midway to spring and with the forecasted temps these next several days, it's feeling more and more like March.
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this applies pretty much everywhere where water is scarce

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California Drought: Database shows big difference between water guzzlers and sippers

California Drought: Database shows big difference between water guzzlers and sippers | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Which California cities are water sippers and which are guzzlers? Obscure state database has the answers
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Interesting data and discussion.

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Can workshops on household water use impact consumer behavior?

Can workshops on household water use impact consumer behavior? | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Researchers studied the effectiveness of workshops designed to focus on residential water conservation using a sample of irrigation water use data for 57 workshop participants and 43 nonparticipants. Results indicated that the 2-hour workshops were effective in reducing attendees' irrigation water use; however, the effect was short lived. Results also showed that effects of workshop attendance depended on the household sample, and found that water use increased for some low-use workshop participants.

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Unfortunately, in this study the effects were short lived.

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Looking at Suburban Lawns and Seeing the Future of Water Conservation - KCET

Looking at Suburban Lawns and Seeing the Future of Water Conservation - KCET | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
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The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power offers a grant of $1.50-$2.00 per square foot for residents who install low-water-use plants that don't require mowing.
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A brown revolution or the start of something new?

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California drought: Past dry periods have lasted more than 200 years, scientists say

California drought: Past dry periods have lasted more than 200 years, scientists say | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
What would happen if California's drought became a "megadrought?"
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Interesting discussion about what would happen if California enters a megadrought.

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California Drought: Tips for conserving water

California Drought: Tips for conserving water | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Droughts are a part of life in California that seem to come back every decade or so.
Remember not flushing the toilet?
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California is dry, dry, dry...

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Water Conservation In the High Desert

Water Conservation In the High Desert | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Water Conservation In the High Desert | water, noticed, plants, high, garden, raised, careful, watering, hogging, vegetable
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How to Xeriscape - Landscaping Network

How to Xeriscape - Landscaping Network | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Learn how to xeriscape. Get tips for preparing your soil, installing irrigation, picking materials, selecting plants and more for a xeric landscape.
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Check out the Landscaping Network site for tips on how to conserve water in the landscape.

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Older, Wealthier Oregonians Most Likely To Take Water Conservation Seriously

Older, Wealthier Oregonians Most Likely To Take Water Conservation Seriously | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
A survey about water use and attitudes toward conservation among Oregonians has found that older, more affluent residents are most likely to take steps to
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Water is too cheap to urge conservation

Water is too cheap to urge conservation | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
When I leave the house I bump up the air conditioning to 80. I switched all the lamps to compact fluorescent light bulbs. And I yell at my kids to turn off the lights when they leave a room. But...
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What do you think? Are most of us in the US not paying enough for our water?

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Thirty-five Water Conservation Methods for Agriculture, Farming, and Gardening. Part 1. | Big Picture Agriculture

Thirty-five Water Conservation Methods for Agriculture, Farming, and Gardening. Part 1. | Big Picture Agriculture | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it

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These simple sustainable water conservation techniques are often used in permaculture design and can be used at any scale where water is scarce or conservation is wanted.

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Urban Residential Desert Landscapes Classified By Researchers - RedOrbit

Urban Residential Desert Landscapes Classified By Researchers - RedOrbit | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
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Research results also yielded useful information related to water use and conservation in residential desert landscapes.
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Any ideas about how this research would really help with water conservation?

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Landscaping pros get 'green light' when job searching

Landscaping pros get 'green light' when job searching | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Today's landscape architects are licensed professionals who can take a patch of land or the grounds surrounding a skyscraper, hotel, office building or home and transform it into a Garden of Eden for all to enjoy.
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Job outlook for landscape professionals is looking good in Houston

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Drought Hysteria: Why Do We Do This To Ourselves 37% of the Time?

Drought Hysteria: Why Do We Do This To Ourselves 37% of the Time? | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Yup, it’s that time of year when drought hysteria hits, and this year, as well it should during California’s driest years in the last century. But, is...
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Interesting discussion on how we treat drought cycles as “exceptional” and not as cyclical. Denver water has been talking about this for years.

 

"…we can notice how homo sapiens enter into the flow of the constantly moving natural hydrologic cycle.  Are we part of the cycle or are we pushing so hard against it, that a kind of collapse of the hydrologic cycle in underway?  Will we go back to "normal" if and when heavy rains fall?"

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Water restrictions spur tattling by neighbors - Sacramento Bee

Water restrictions spur tattling by neighbors - Sacramento Bee | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Water restrictions spur tattling by neighbors
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“We've had an insane number of calls compared to last year at this time,” said William Granger, the city of Sacramento's water conservation administrator.
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Let's try some behavior change... would you tattle on your neighbor for wasting irrigation water?

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Free Water-wise Landscape Workshop - (ST. GEORGE Utah) - Saturday January 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Tonaquint Nature Center in Tonaquint Park located at 1851 S Dixie Drive. Horticulturist Candac...

Free Water-wise Landscape Workshop - (ST. GEORGE Utah) - Saturday January 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Tonaquint Nature Center in Tonaquint Park located at 1851 S Dixie Drive. Horticulturist Candac... | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
(CEDAR CITY, Utah) – The SUU Muslim Student Association plans to celebrate Saturday’s World Hijab Day – a movement to unite non-Muslim and Muslim women against discrimination – on Tuesday in the Sharwan Smith hallway with information, tying lessons and a photo booth. Though many see the scarfs that drape a Muslim woman’s face, called a hijab, as a sign of oppression, but Cedar City resident, and Muslim revert, Malake Davis, previously known as Monique Davis, said that the stereotype is a blat...
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If you happen to be in southern Utah this weekend, check out this FREE water-wise workshop

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Irrigation webinar series starts next week - Lawn & Landscape

Irrigation webinar series starts next week
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Hunter and Ewing present the first of a four part series on sustainable irrigation.

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'Limited water supply' forecast for Utah in 2014 | KSL.com

'Limited water supply' forecast for Utah in 2014 | KSL.com | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
A limited water supply is predicted west of the Continental Divide,
according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service's National
Water and Climate Center data in its first forecast of 2014.
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Things are not looking good for the Western US.

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Want to Save Water? Try Some Neighborly Competition

Want to Save Water? Try Some Neighborly Competition | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Utilities find that nothing drives water savings quite like giving you a peek at your neighbors' habits.
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Interesting... using peer pressure to reduce water use

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Utah likely staring at another dry year

Utah likely staring at another dry year | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Below average snow accumulation across Utah means the state is likely looking at another dry year.
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Not looking good for most of the Western US :(

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Create a Water-Wise Landscape

Create a Water-Wise Landscape | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it

More and more people are looking to save water in their gardens. It's no wonder: In an era of increased environmental awareness, we constantly hear about water-wise practices and how we can reduce our footprint on the Earth. Xeriscaping is a landscaping alternative that you can employ in your own backyard.

Live in a water-challenged state? Find tips for landscaping in Utah and Arizona.

 

What Is Xeriscaping?

 

Xeriscaping means creating a low-water landscape. It first became popular in areas of the Southwest and Mountain West, but is spreading throughout North America. While it saves you time and money in the long term, it does require a little extra planning up front.

 

One of the biggest challenges for gardeners considering xeriscaping is to shift the style of plants they can use. If you've always wanted to grow a garden full of natives, a xeriscape plan will give you that opportunity.

 

Choosing Native Plants

 

 

One key to xeriscaping is using native plants. They're most adapted to your climate and can handle extremes in weather patterns.

If you live in a typically dry area, such as Arizona or New Mexico, native plants like cactus, yucca, and penstemon are some of the best choices. But don't take this to mean that these are the only kinds of plants you can enjoy in a xeriscape. Whether you live in the Southwest or upper Midwest, native perennials including rattlesnake master (Eryngium), purple coneflower (Echinacea), and goldenrod (Solidago) are just the ticket to a lush, colorfully styled xeriscape.

 

Just because these plants are water-wise, it doesn't necessarily mean they are drought proof. In the worst dry spells even these reliable plants can suffer from water stress. That's why it's important that your xeriscape not exclude water entirely. You may need to water your plantings during severe droughts.

 

Discover top native plants for your area.

 

Learn about beautiful, easy-to-grow drought-busting perennials!

Be Aware of Other Plants

 

Keep an eye out for other plants that are well adapted to your region. There may be plenty of other plants that can take your climate's conditions. For example, in areas with warm, dry summers, many Mediterranean plants thrive.

 

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It's never too late (or early) to start planning the garden with water conservation in mind!

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December storms boost Utah's snowpack

December storms boost Utah's snowpack | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Utah's water year is off to a good start with a series of storms that have helped to replenish bone-dry soils and put moisture-giving snow in the mountains.
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looking good Utah... so far

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It's in the Soil - VIDEO

It's in the Soil - VIDEO | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Environmental leader Vandana Shiva explains what we can learn from traditional systems of soil building regarding water usage and conservation.

http://www.globalonenessproject.org/library/interviews/its-soil

 


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Santa Fe a conservation leader

Santa Fe a conservation leader | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Santa Fe is a recognized leader in water conservation, boasting a usage of 106 gallons per capita per day or GPCD; this is a critical term in water-conservation parlance and, generally speaking, is calculated by dividing the total amount of water...
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St. George looks forward with water conservation - St. George Daily Spectrum

St. George looks forward with water conservation - St. George Daily Spectrum | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
St. George looks forward with water conservation
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Residential use is 195 gallons per capita per day. • Also on the ... GEORGE — To keep up with a statewide water conservation goal, St.
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