Eco-smart tips to save money for National Garden Week


Pahrump might already be a bit warm, but have a good National Garden Week. If you are planning on using your green thumb this week, I have some tips for you to save money and help our environment in Pahrump at the same time.

First, consider planting a mix of perennials and annuals in Pahrump. It will give you an extra pop of festive color in your garden and save you money at the same time. Perennials will add to your flowering each year and can reduce your plant replacement costs in the long run.

Second, consider adding xeriscape plants to your garden. Water conservation is eco-smart here at Pahrump. There are a number of lush xeriscape plants that have beautiful flowers and don’t need a lot of water to thrive. Ask your neighborhood nursery for suggestions on water efficient landscaping.

Finally, consider replacing your plant watering system with an economical, water efficient drip irrigation system. Drip irrigation is an easy do-it-yourself way to deliver water directly to your plants without spraying or wasting water. It can also help you save money on your Pahrump water bill with less wasted water.

According to the US Drought Monitor, last year’s drought was the worst we have seen in two decades. This year doesn’t look much better at Pahrump. However, there are some targeted green thumb projects during National Garden Week that will not only help protect the environment by conserving water, but will also save you money.

Chris Hernandez is a branch manager for Wells Fargo and co-chair of the Nevada Green Team’s employee environmental group.


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