Landscape Design

The Dryland Design Approach

Do you see rain water as it falls upon your land and wish there was a way to use it? Do you want to be conserve water? Do you dream of utilizing the enormous resource of rainfall into an integrated system maximizing your cooperation with the power of nature at your home? Perhaps water is simply getting in your way, creating a mud puddle right where you park your car! Whatever you are seeking, the experienced staff at Dryland Design offers multiple levels of design services to fit your needs and your budget.

Big or small, Dryland Design uses permaculture and xeriscaping principles to create sustainable landscapes that can thrive in our climate.

At Dryland Design we focus on more than the pieces of rainwater harvesting. We offer integrated systems design and installation utilizing:

  • Artistic rock-work enforced basins to plant every drop of rain that falls on your land in a way that adds to the beauty and lushness of your landscape
  • Gutter installation partnered with versatile rainwater storage solutions custom tailored to your property and budget
  • Greywater systems
  • An experienced landscape designer to create your design. Using ample desert plant knowledge combined with permaculture and xeriscape principles for an optimum dryland design that meets your goals

We specialize in designing and building systems with holistic water management and longevity in mind. Thank you for your interest in investing in the drylands we all share. The work we do together creates a healthier and more abundant future for you and for the wider community. We look forward to hearing from you and having the opportunity to deliver a design and landscape that will last for generations!

Call us today to schedule your free site visit.

Landscape Design Fun Fact

Creating a lush, water friendly outdoor living space utilizing rainwater is more beneficial than you think!  Using rainwater in tandem with native vegetation means less water demand and maintenance for you!

  • Rainwater is one of the purest sources of water available. Its quality almost always exceeds that of ground or surface water because it does not come in contact with soil or rocks where it can dissolve minerals and salts. Also, captured rainwater will not come into contact with many other pollutants that are often discharged into local surface waters or contaminated ground water supplies
  • Rainwater often has a nitrogen content which provides a slight fertilizing effect on plants.
  • Rain water is considered soft water, and therefore significantly lowers the amount of detergents and soaps needed for cleaning. Soap scum and hardness deposits do not occur. Water softeners are not necessary with rainwater as it often is with well water.
  • According to the U.S. EPA, 50 to 70 % of total household water is used for landscape irrigation and other outdoor activities (US EPA, 2009)
  • Replacing city and well water with captured rainwater for landscaping efficiently uses this valuable resource, reduces personal water bills, and decreases the overall demand on public water supplies.
  • Rainfall inevitably creates storm water runoff in your watershed. Implementing a rainwater harvesting system is one way to decrease the amount of stormwater runoff, along with the problems associated with it. In areas covered by impervious surfaces, water that once had the chance to infiltrate is now running off into our local streams and rivers.  Catching and storing this runoff, even throughout the winter, water can be slowly released back where it was meant to infiltrate. As your holding tanks fill in the winter, leave the tank valve open to direct water onto your property. The point is to recharge the groundwater that would otherwise run down the street, into the river and off to the ocean never to be seen again as fresh water.
  • Rainwater harvesting promotes self sufficiency and appreciation for water as a resource. It also promotes water conservation while providing an alternate water source. Local erosion and flooding from impervious cover associated with buildings is lessened as a portion of the local rainfall is diverted into holding tanks, leaving less stormwater to manage.
  • Rainwater harvesting is already required in new construction in many cities around the country.

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