Group teaches ‘localscaping’ to save water and better design yards

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WEST JORDAN, Utah (News4Utah) – Localscaping is a growing trend being taught to residents to utilize the space they have in their yards while saving water. It doesn’t require residents to completely get rid of their lawns and often leads to less work.

The Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District is one of many around the state hosting free, or nearly free, lessons for homeowners to learn about localscaping. Linda Townes is a spokesperson for the district and says the classes aim to show people have options.

“We’re trying to teach them that you can be water efficient, and still have a beautiful landscape,” said Townes.

She notes water conservation is an important goal of the program. Many areas around the state are teaching the same courses. The booming population of the state could make for serious issues down the road.

“We expect in 2045 that we’re going to be out of the water supply we currently have,” said Townes. That may seem a long ways away, but it takes decades to develop and deliver new water sources.”

The classes emphasize that people don’t need to get rid fo their lawns. Which can be a touchy subject for some. Instead, they help to use the space they have for plants and get the most use out of a lawn.

The main key is how homeowners use their watering systems. Something as simple as separating plant watering system form a lawn can save 50 percent of the water use. Since some plants only need water every couple of weeks.

West Jordan resident Jennifer Scott was one of the early adopters of localscapes. She said it’s greatly reduced the number of weeds which don’t get the extra water.

“Now I have these very specific drips that they drip to the plant that I want, but there just isn’t enough water for all the weeds to thrive,” said Scott.

Her home’s design also included adding more patio space with a fire pit and seating area. She said the reduction of yard work has been the biggest benefit.

“It’s great to conserve water, but for me, it’s about conserving work,” said Scott. “I don’t have to spend my Saturday in the yard.”

Depending on how much people want to learn they can go to several different classes. The total time of the program is about four hours.

Classes will start picking up again as residents work in their yards more with the reduction in temperatures. Although reducing landscapes can be expensive there are programs that give grants to help cover the costs.

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