Changing up the landscaping outside your home requires careful thought and consideration. After all, it's a big decision to make. However, if you've considered getting rid of your lawn at any time, or felt that it's not what you want anymore, there are several good reasons why you should consider removing it and replacing it with a rock garden. Here are three of the best reasons why you should take the leap.
Less Water Used
One of the biggest advantages to take into consideration is just how much water you'll save. Lawn irrigation needs vary depending upon where you live, how hot it is, and how much natural rainfall you receive. However, it's estimated that having a single patch of lawn covering a 10 foot by 10 foot area will require 62 gallons of water in order to keep it in good shape. Considering that the average lawn is considerably larger than this, you may be spending far more water than you realize on keeping that lawn looking nice. Of course, this is even more important if you live in an area that has regular droughts or water shortages.
Taking care of your lawn takes time and energy that you may or may not have. While having a nice-looking lawn is a great boost for one's ego and helps to improve the look of your yard, you may be spending quite a bit of time over the next several years tending to that lawn.
In addition to spending time outdoors trimming, edging, and weeding your lawn, you may also need to spend money on specialized tools, fertilizer, or pesticides in order to keep your lawn in good shape. These will all take time out of your day and money out of your wallet, which could be spent somewhere else on things you really enjoy doing if you didn't have a lawn to worry about.
Speaking of pesticides, getting rid of your lawn might be better for the planet and your local water supply, too.
Everything that gets on top of your lawn and is washed down into it with rain water and the water from your sprinklers or hose will eventually migrate through the ground and reach groundwater supplies. Unfortunately, this means that everything you use on your lawn, including pesticides, is creating pollution somewhere down the line.
Unfortunately, all-natural solutions for lawns often don't work as well as chemical pesticides. Considering that these pesticides can not only be dangerous for the groundwater in the area and has been linked to causing certain types of cancer in people who use them regularly, it's a great idea to get rid of the need for them entirely by switching to a rock garden.
Rock gardens can be just as lovely as lawns but don't create any of the problems that keeping a lawn can. Find out how a rock landscape can work for your home and start the process of making the switch. Contact a company, like Portland Sand & Gravel Co Inc, for more information.