HaysMed Receives Water $mart Landscape Award
(Hays, KS – July 22, 2016) – HaysMed was the recipient of the 2016 Water $mart Landscape Award for commercial landscapes. Bob Schumacher and Randy Major, HaysMed Grounds Department Associates, accepted the award from Hays Mayor Eber Phelps.
The award is sponsored by the Hays Beautification Committee in conjunction with the City of Hays with categories for both residential and commercial landscapes. The award is based on water smart landscaping that exemplifies superior design and follows the seven principles of water smart landscaping. Those principles include: planning and design, low water use plants, practical turf areas, efficient irrigation, solid amendment, mulches and maintenance.
Hays HaysMed has converted the majority of the hospital grounds to environmentally friendly landscaping. This type of landscaping reduces erosion, improves habitat and also reduces the use of water. The project reduced six acres of fescue grass to one acre thus substantially reducing outside water while maintaining an attractive grounds presentation for patients, families and the public.
In addition the hospital incorporated a water barrel tree watering system.