WATER SAVINGS: According to EPA.gov, proper choice of plants and landscape design can reduce water use by up to 54%. Much of the water savings would occur during the summer months which reduce the peak water use for utilities. However, it is important to note that water savings can be attributed to both landscape design and efficient irrigation.
MORE ATTRACTIVE LANDSCAPES: In order to be considered “water-efficient” by the EPA’s WaterSense program, a landscape may be no more than 40% of “functional” turf. This allows for the remaining area to be filled with a variety of shrubs, trees, and groundcover. This type of landscape design provides a better habitat for wildlife, shaded areas, and outdoor spaces for homeowners to enjoy.
REDUCE RUN-OFF: Groundcover and native grasses are very effective at reducing runoff from your yard.
REDUCE SITE TEMPERATURE: In addition to the cooling effect through evapotranspiration, shrubs and trees provide additional cooling benefits from shading rooftops, hardscapes and other materials that absorb solar energy. Trees can help shade home exteriors reducing cooling needs.
CONTROL EROSION: Trees and shrubs have deeper root systems than turf and help stabilize soils.
REDUCE MAINTENANCE: Native landscapes can reduce the amount of time (and money) needed to maintain a healthy yard. Additionally, less fertilizer and herbicides are generally used on native plant species than exotic or non-native ones.