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Maintenance, Modifications, and Water Use in Private Gardens of Alt Empordà, Spain

Water scarcity in developed countries along the Mediterranean coast may be aggravated in the near future due to rising water demand. The recent growth of low-density urban developments in these regions has led to an increase in the number of private domestic gardens. These particular landscapes may account for a large proportion of total domestic water use. This article examines the features and management practices of private gardens in relation to their relative water requirements. To calculate this variable, we use a method based on the relative water needs of garden species and the area of vegetation cover. In addition, transformations in the layouts of the gardens over the last 5 years, as well as various expected changes, are assessed. In total, 258 domestic gardens along the coast of Catalonia were investigated and their owners interviewed. A list of all plants growing in the gardens was recorded. The results indicate that the presence of turf is related to professional landscaping design, property age, and swimming pool presence. Moreover, gardens with greater landscape water requirements have more efficient watering systems. We present a progressive strategy for garden restructuring that may reduce water use while increasing the number of orchards and fruit trees

Financial support was received from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (CSO2010-17488; FPI BES-2011-046475)

© HortTechnology, 2014, vol. 24, núm. 3, p. 374-383

American Society for Horticultural Science

Author: Padullés Cubino, Josep
Vila Subirós, Josep
Barriocanal Lozano, Carles
Date: 2014 June
Abstract: Water scarcity in developed countries along the Mediterranean coast may be aggravated in the near future due to rising water demand. The recent growth of low-density urban developments in these regions has led to an increase in the number of private domestic gardens. These particular landscapes may account for a large proportion of total domestic water use. This article examines the features and management practices of private gardens in relation to their relative water requirements. To calculate this variable, we use a method based on the relative water needs of garden species and the area of vegetation cover. In addition, transformations in the layouts of the gardens over the last 5 years, as well as various expected changes, are assessed. In total, 258 domestic gardens along the coast of Catalonia were investigated and their owners interviewed. A list of all plants growing in the gardens was recorded. The results indicate that the presence of turf is related to professional landscaping design, property age, and swimming pool presence. Moreover, gardens with greater landscape water requirements have more efficient watering systems. We present a progressive strategy for garden restructuring that may reduce water use while increasing the number of orchards and fruit trees
Financial support was received from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (CSO2010-17488; FPI BES-2011-046475)
Format: application/pdf
ISSN: 1063-0198 (versió paper)
1943-7714 (versió electrònica)
Document access: http://hdl.handle.net/10256/13692
Language: eng
Publisher: American Society for Horticultural Science
Collection: MICINN/PN 2011-2014/CSO2010-17488
Reproducció digital del document publicat a: http://horttech.ashspublications.org/content/24/3/374.abstract
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Is part of: © HortTechnology, 2014, vol. 24, núm. 3, p. 374-383
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Subject: Aigua -- Utilització
Water use
Aigua -- Conservació
Water conservation
Regatge -- Jardins
Irrigation -- Gardens
Title: Maintenance, Modifications, and Water Use in Private Gardens of Alt Empordà, Spain
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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