INFORMATION ON XERISCAPING FROM THE BOARD OF WATER SUPPLY:
Xeriscaping is the newest tool in water management—coined in the American southwest, the term describes an innovative and creative means of conserving water through the landscape.
Because an estimated 50 percent of water consumption in the average single-family home is used outdoors, xeriscaping offers an ideal way to minimize water waste while maintaining the beautiful landscapes of our island. Outdoor water use in a xeriscape can save anywhere from 30 to 80 percent in water consumption. This means comparable savings in water and sewer charges, as well.
How Xeriscaping Works
Xeriscaping is based on seven fundamental principles that serve as guidelines on how to plan, plant, and maintain a garden that takes advantage of natural climate conditions to make efficient use of irrigation. Although you may never convert your entire yard to a xeriscape, incorporating some of these principles may help it look beautiful and be more water efficient.
Seven Principles of Xeriscaping
Xeriscaping also encourages the “zoning of landscapes,” which means clustering your turf, ground cover, shrubs, plants and trees according to their water need—and according to how natural weather conditions affect each area of the landscape. These “microclimates” are affected by moisture, sun, shade, air movement, and heat.
For example, reflected light from structures facing the area of most sun creates high temperatures and increases the loss of water from nearby plantings. Shade trees and ground covers strategically planted in these exposures reduce temperatures in the warm, dry season, yet allow sunlight to enter during the months of high rainfall.
Similarly, water-loving plants can be grown in the microclimate zone of the landscape where irrigation and other water run-off is captured in drainage swales—again reducing the need for heavy watering. All of these microclimates utilize the Seven Principles of Xeriscaping.
Source: Green by Design Hawaii
Sustainable landscaping can save huge amounts of water especially when it corporates water-saving features such as rain gardens (see Rain garden design tips) and grey water irrigation (see Why Use Grey Water for Irrigation?). Rain barrels and rainwater tanks can also be used for collecting rain water for garden irrigation (see rainwater harvesting).
Water Rhapsody Water Conservation Systems Mpumalanga offers water tank and rainwater tank installation, rainwater harvesting systems, grey water recycling and water-saving devices for swimming pools and toilet flush systems (see product demo ). Our WWF Award-winning water systems can be retrofitted or built into new buildings and can be adapted to small households or large business blocks, hospitals, schools, lodges & hotels.
Water Rhapsody has incorporated Yes Solar– official distributor of German-made Solsquare solar water heating systems that are installed by Eskom-accredited solar installers (our solar geysers are eligible for Eskom solar energy rebates). We are authorized JoJo Water Tank dealers and Atlas Plastics water tank suppliers in Mpumalanga and Limpopo Province (best water tank prices in the Lowveld!). We are also able to supply sanitary hardware such as waterless toilets through our JoJo Tanks and Atlas Plastics dealerships.
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