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- Catch and store roof rainwater for later use in the yard.
- Consider cisterns (large tanks) to store rainwater, instead of smaller rain barrels.
- Put roof water directly to use in your yard with a rain garden, which features plants that thrive in wet conditions coupled with soils that drain the water at a specified rate.
- Install a weather-based irrigation controller and/or soil moisture sensing controller.
- Use soaker hoses and drip irrigation instead of broadcast irrigation systems, wherever possible.
- Look for piping made from polyethylene, as opposed to PVC if you install a permanent system.
- Plumb your irrigation system to use greywater from your home or ‘purple pipe’ from your city for irrigation.
- Design your landscape so it requires minimal water, fertilizer and maintenance.
- Minimize the amount of turf grass in your yard.
- Design your landscape to match local conditions, such as climate, shade and moisture levels.
- Select native and drought-resistant plant species.
- Use pest- and disease-resistant plant varieties.
- Put the right plant in the right place (e.g. put shade-loving plants in the shade, not the sun).
- Use mulch to protect plants and conserve water.
Patios, Walkways, and Paths
- Seek out salvaged materials for patios and walkways.
- Minimize runoff by using permeable materials for patios and walkways such as clay brick, broken concrete, recycled glass pavers, crushed rock, wood chips, nutshells or tumbled recycled glass.
- Consult a professional installer for some materials, such as pervious pavers.
- Use solar-powered landscape lights.
- Consider a more durable patio of recycled masonry, broken concrete or pavers instead of a deck.
- If building a deck, consider durable, long-lasting materials, such as recycled plastic lumber or composite lumber.
- If building with wood, use FSC-certified lumber.
- Seek alternatives to pressure-treated woods; try joists and beams made from structural recycled plastic or copper azole-treated (CA-B) lumber.