5th stop on the tour

The next stop on our journey in search of water saving elements around Athens-Clarke County is again at the Bob Snipes Water Resources Center.

Water Resources Center

The water saving element this week is conservation landscaping on the property.  Conservation landscaping incorporates environmentally friendly practices within the landscape design, such as grouping plants with similar water needs together and using mulch around trees and shrubs.  Both of these practices minimize polluted runoff and conserve water.  These practices protect the soil, which in turn provides clean air and water, supports wildlife, and provides a healthier environment.

The benefits of conservation landscaping include:mulch

  • Reduces lawn maintenance costs
  • Decreases time spent on outdoor chores
  • Reduces pollution
  • Enhances wildlife habitat
  • Reduces runoff, utilizing all water

You can easily incorporate conservation landscaping at your home.  It will save you money, time, and most importantly water!

Did you know?

  • The average homeowner spends 40 hours/year mowing their lawn (that’s 1 week of vacation)
  • 30-60% of urban freshwater is used for watering lawns