The 3 Best Ways to Conserve Water in Your Commercial Landscape

There are many reasons to seek water-saving methods in your commercial landscape. For starters, you are helping the planet by reserving resources. But you’ll also find your wallet heftier and your maintenance needs more minimal—win, win, win! Let’s talk about the three best ways to conserve water in your commercial landscape.

#1 Optimize with a Certified Irrigation Designer

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One way to conserve water in your commercial landscape is to take a step that will improve every aspect of it: hire a Certified Irrigation Designer. Working hand in hand with one of these licensed experts, you can create a landscape that makes water usage ideal. 

We’ve discussed the four main methods of irrigation before. But the best way to conserve water is to work with a pro who can help you identify the perfect one for your microclimate and needs. 

#2 Consider Hardscaping

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We all love a lushly green expanse of healthy grasses and beautiful trees and plants. Still, when we think about water consumption, it helps to incorporate hardscape. Where there are hard surfaces instead of plant-based ones, you can save plenty of water. 

Concrete, pavers, brick—there are many choices. A professional landscape architecture company, and especially one with a Certified Irrigation Designer, will be able to help you select the best option for your landscape. 

#3 Switch Up Plant Composition to Conserve Water

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Again, we don’t blame you for having an affinity for that water-guzzling, non-native, but stunning flowering shrub. But if you’ve got a goal to conserve water, you really should rethink your approach. Native plantings need less water because they are better suited to their surroundings and even the soil’s composition. (For more on what exactly constitutes “native,” read our post on microclimates.) 

The spacing of plants and trees can also have an impact on reducing water consumption. Plus, some grasses need less water, mulch can retain moisture to limit the requirements of plants, and more. Your landscape architect will have tons of savvy tips! 


The best way to conserve water in your commercial landscape? Well, we vote for thinking carefully and critically about every choice that goes into the creation of your design. When you keep water conservation in mind during each phase, you’re sure to end up with a highly efficient landscape. And that will benefit the environment and you. 

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