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Landscape Services

  • Creative Landscape Planning and Installation
  • Automatic Irrigation / Drip Systems
  • Patios of Brick, Stone, Tile or Concrete
  • Outdoor Fireplaces and Cooking Areas
  • Masonry Walls and Garden Planters
  • Wooden Patio Covers
  • Trellises, Arbors and Gazebos
  • Waterfalls, Fountains, Ponds and Bridges
  • Benches and Garden Built-ins
  • Landscape Lighting
  • Complete Maintenance Services
  • Planting Seasonal Color
  • Fertilization Programs with Full Organic Programs Available
  • Garden Pest Control with Organic Alternatives Available
  • 24-hour Emergency Response

Water-Wise Tips  

There are a number of things that we can do to save water in our gardens; and if a garden is watered efficiently, it stays healthier and happier! With some of these outdoor water conservation tips, the average gardener might need help. EcoSystems of Texas LLC specializes in drought tolerant landscaping and water conservation systems; if you have questions or want price quote on some of these suggestions, please give us a call at 214-503-9708.

Irrigation

1. Go out to the curb and check your water meter. With everything off, carefully watch the little red triangle in the gauge. If you see any movement of the triangle at all, there is a leak.
2. Upgrade your sprinkler timer to a satellite monitored system that receives live weather info daily and adjusts itself continually all year long. This can save you up to 30% on the water bill. Most water districts offer rebates for doing this that cover a part of the upgrade expense.
3. Give your sprinkler system a “water audit” or have a professional do it. Look for breaks, plugged heads, heads under bushes, missing or poorly located heads, poor zone lay out with respect to the garden’s micro climates. Make the repairs or have it done by a professional.
4. Change all the fixed spray nozzles to the new generation of Hunter MP Rotors. These heads rotate water streams and put out a better pattern of water at a lower rate.
5. Make sure your system is fitted with a pressure regulator. Too high of pressure makes the heads “smoke” water and then the water blows away.
6. Water lawns only when they start to stress. Look for a dull darker green appearance but don’t wait too long or you’ll start to see brown spots.
7. Water as infrequently as is possible. Deep soak the landscape without run off by watering shorter run times with periods of rest in-between. For example, run all the valves 3 min. at 3am, 5am, and 7am instead of 10 min. at 5am.
8. Make sure each micro climate and type of plant is on a separate circuit for maximum control of the water. Always water lawns separately.
9. Turn on system manually and walk the garden to do a visual check monthly if possible. If you have a larger garden, install a remote control that you can use to turn on and check each zone
10. Water in the early morning before sunrise if possible.
11. Use a drip system for small and irregular shaped areas.
12. Make sure your gardener or you are really good with programming and adjusting the irrigation timer or hire someone who is competent and reliable.

Garden

1. Cut down the size of lawns and consider removing lawns in less used and less seen areas. They can be changed to groundcovers, aggregates, artificial turf, drought resistant grass or planting of low-lying drought tolerant shrubs.
2. Mulch all beds with 2-3” organic mulch.
3. Make sure your soil is healthy. Have the Ph level of the soil checked and periodically root, prune and till beds. Most gardens need a tune up of this sort every 5-7years.
4. Be aware of the micro climates in the garden and have the right plant for these variances in heat and light.
5. Cut lawns higher in the summer and lower in the winter.
6. Keep lawns and groundcovers thick and healthy with proper fertilization and care.
7. Big leafy tropical plants use more water than Texas native plants, succulents and Mediterranean types of plants. To help lower the water usage in your garden, replace the plants that frequently wilt, and consider planting drought resistant plants and shrubs which can sustain moderate periods of limited irrigation. There are also a variety of beautiful drought resistant trees available, that are tolerant of dry conditions.
8. Make sure your garden is weed free. Weeds drink water too!

 

P.O Box 38343, Dallas, TX 75238
Phone: 214.503.9708
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