Crestview Traditional Landscape, Austin
With the up-and-coming neighborhood of Crestview changing daily, these clients wanted to finish off their remodel by updating their landscape to fit their style, and the modernized neighborhood. With their home already having some modern/contemporary lines and design elements, it was easy to expanded and shadow that within the landscape. By creating predominate features like these metal box planters, we needed to keep the plant pallet simple, and chic. We used a pallet of very architectural plants, low maintenance native plants, and topped it off with a top dress of Decomposed Granite for a pop of color and sense of durability.
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3. Use a rain barrel to catch water for use in the garden. This simple addition to your home can save you many gallons of water each year, depending on how much rainfall you get in your region.4. Seek out drought-tolerant and native plants. Especially important in the southwest and western U.S., and anywhere drought is a problem, choosing the native plants can reduce the need for frequent watering.Guides to gardening in your region of the U.S.
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Experiment with the look. At first sight, this rain barrel makes its presence known as it perches on its custom wooden stand. Though the mix of materials might seem like it would clash, it works well with the surrounding wood and stone facade of the house, architectural plantings and ground cover.
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11. Capture rainwater. Find ways to save and store rainwater for use in the garden. Using a 55-gallon drum like this one, which catches roof water from gutters and downspouts, is one easy way. Remember to cover your barrels to keep mosquitoes at bay.Tell us: Has your household been cutting back on water? Share your experiences and tips in the Comments.More:Just Add Water: Rain Barrel MagicHow to Switch to a Tankless Water HeaterMore water-saving guides for indoors and out
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When It RainsYou can’t talk about landscaping without first talking about water. According to the survey, water — either how to get rid of it or how to get more of it — is a top challenge among homeowners and designers, as shown in the graph above. In turn, how homeowners and designers manage too much or too little water affects how people use their outdoor spaces.In California, for example, despite recent El Niño storms that have slightly eased record drought conditions, people are still motivated to reduce water usage. Schwartz says in Santa Cruz, and elsewhere in the state, local water departments continue to offer rebates and subsidies to homeowners who reduce water usage by removing lawns or installing water storage tanks.Watch how to install a rain barrel
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4. Consider adding a rain barrel. Having a rain barrel to collect runoff from your roof can be a great way to save on water bills and use what would otherwise be wasted water. A good rain barrel has a lid to prevent mosquitoes from breeding inside and a tap near the base to allow access to the collected water.Houzz TV: How to Install a Rain BarrelSee more ways to save water in the garden