Typically, landscaping and irrigation is Designed, Installed, Maintained and Managed Marginally rather than Optimally. Identified by the acronym “DIMMMO”.
Water Management Landscape Master Plans are a balance between holistic ideas and careful, detailed planning. They must consider and include enough detail to deliver a comprehensive and sustainable plan without losing sight of the big picture.
Too often communities, for many reasons, think small. They undertake a series of relatively smaller projects over many years. In many cases these “improvements” are only fixing deferred maintenance; comparable to changing worn out tires on a car.
Frequently these small, and typically under-funded, projects fall short because they are affected by changing priorities, preferences and leadership. Landscape Master Plans give direction to small projects leading to success; measured by achieving goals, while showing a return on investment.
In order to ensure funding; a Landscape Master Plan budget should be established and monthly contributions to a reserve account started. This will help break the cycle of underfunded maintenance projects – typically funded by operating accounts – and allow for the eventual renovation of the entire landscape and accompanying irrigation
The life expectancy for irrigation systems in the sunbelt is 5-20 years; 5-10 years for drip systems using black “poly” tubing and 10-20 years for spray sprinkler systems using white PVC pipe. Longevity is greatly dependent on “DIMMMO”. Planning for the eventual need to replace your irrigation system is desirable over the alternatives.
Improving the landscape “while you’re at it” will keep costs lower than if they were done separately. Consideration of the “Theme” of the neighborhood is part of the Landscape Master Plan. Allowing the two – landscape and irrigation – to be improved together, increases opportunities for success.
Landscape Master Plans offer solutions that will achieve sustainable landscapes and irrigation systems while reflecting the preferences of property owners.