Water Conservation Landscapes in Santa Fe
Water conservation landscapes in Santa Fe are always a consideration in the design and installation of a landscape, whether we are designing a new project or aiding in the restoration of an existing landscape. There are different forms of water harvesting, which EcoScapes includes and makes recommendations for amending soil to create a rich, spongy median to absorb moisture, constructing a dry stream bed for passive harvesting, or adding above-ground or buried tanks.
EcoScapes of Santa Fe works responsibly within the arid southwest, which translates to an appropriate choice of plantings, application of mulch, and inclusion of water conservation methods.
Our comprehensive designs include water conservation and irrigation systems. Ecoscapes specializes in active and passive water harvesting techniques, greywater irrigation, and drip irrigation systems to maximize the water resources that flow through the property. Contact Ecoscapes for your water conservation landscapes in Santa Fe.
Water Storage Tanks
Collecting and storing rainwater in above or below-ground tanks allows for irrigating plants with rainwater even during the dry hot summer months. Above-ground tanks generally use gravity to direct the water to desired areas, while below-ground tanks require a pump that can then take the water into an automated irrigation system.
In addition to installing large fully buried polyethylene water storage tanks, the EcoScapes crew designs and builds waterproof concrete and plain steel expanded metal water storage tanks. These vessels are shaped out of closely spaced steel rebar, covered with a mixture of Portland cement and sand, and color coated to coordinate with the stucco on a client’s house. Ferro cement tanks have the advantage of being constructed on-site and sized according to the client’s wishes and the site’s requirements. Ferro cement tanks can also serve as a wind block or privacy screen for a seating area. Add a useable planting area on top of a tank or use its side as a hillside retaining wall. A Ferro cement tank may double as a seating bench or other design amenity in addition to being a storage vessel for rainwater.
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