Patio and Landscape

 XERISCAPING:   Landscaping and gardening in a style that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation.  Xeriscaping is gaining acceptance as access to water becomes more limited. 


Learn more about Xeriscaping

RAIN BARREL WATER CATCHMENT:  Rainwater harvesting is a great way to lower your water bill, as the natural precipitation can be used to irrigate gardens, plants, and lawns.  The simplest type of catchment system involves purchasing a rain barrel and connecting it to the existing gutter system with tubing or additional downspouts. 

             Rain Barrel, DIY Kit, Used Food Grade Barrel, Upcycled, 58 Gallon Size             

IRRIGATION--Drip System:  Micro-irrigation or drip systems are generally more efficient than conventional sprinklers because they deliver low volumes of water directly to plants' roots, minimizing water losses to wind, runoff, and evaporation.


High Efficiency or Drip System Irrigation

IRRIGATION--Smart System:  Unlike traditional irrigation controllers that operate on a preset programmed schedule and timers, smart irrigation controllers monitor weather, soil conditions, evaporation, and plant water use to automatically adjust the watering schdule to actual conditions of the site.  These controllers significantly improve outdoor water use efficiencies. 

Smart System Irrigation option

PATIO AND DRIVEWAY--Permeable Pavers:  Porous and permeable paving materials have several advantages, such as the ability to allow rainwater to be absorbed into the ground, supplementing the ground water and relieving the sewage system.


Permeable Patio Paver options

SOLAR OUTDOOR LIGHTING:  Solar lights are versatile, lower energy costs, require little maintenance, continue working even if there is a power outage, install easily, give off no emissions so they are better for the environment, are safer for pets and children as they are cooler to the touch and there is no risk of electrocution, and use the sun--a renewable resource.  Many have darkness sensors, so they turn on and off automatically, saving energy and money.


Solar Outdoor Lighting options for your garden.

Certify as NWF Wildlife Habitat--Grow plants, and provide a space conducive to helping to replenish wildlife habitats locally and along migration corridors.


Birdseed and wildlife habitat   

Pollinator wildflower seed mixes

Solar bird bath

Bird feeders made from recycled materials

Butterfly stakes

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