Start with drought tolerate plants and get rid of your grass
#1 it preserves water!
If you live in an area such as Southern California which experiences periods of drought, you’re probably subject to watering restrictions. Fortunately, your landscape can be surprisingly resilient and drought tolerant using these measures.
Although Los Angeles County isn’t technically a desert, Los Angeles, Pasadena and the surrounding cities is seriously threatened by drought. In fact, water officials enacted new drought rules at the start of 2022 in an effort to reduce water waste statewide.
You can still have a nice landscape and cut water use. Our guide to drought-resistant landscaping will help save you money, benefit the environment, and create a backyard paradise of beauty and function.
Hardscaping includes all the nonliving elements of your lawn. Think of things made of brick, concrete, metal, and rock. All of which doesn’t require any water.
Hardscaping doesn’t have to be boring, either. Beautiful benches, colorful tiled walkways, and modern fire pits create vibrant and welcoming places for friends and family to gather.
If you want to incorporate hardscaping and impress your guests, build a rock garden. A rock garden is a drought-tolerant landscaping feature that uses boulders, pebbles, and all different colors and sizes of rocks to create a serene area to relax.
Native plants are resilient and adapted to the California climate. That means even moisture-loving plants can usually survive dry spells, making them perfect for a drought-tolerant garden. Plus, they don’t need as much maintenance as most perennials.
Benefits of native plants include:
- Attract pollinators like birds, bees, and butterflies
- Require little or no fertilizer
- Uses less water than imported plants
We know a lush, green lawn is a homeowner’s dream. A yard full of turfgrass isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be, though. In a climate that doesn’t get a lot of rainfall, maintaining a traditional lawn requires a lot of time, effort, and most importantly, water. In California, lawn irrigation accounts for 40-60% of all total landscape irrigation.
If you want to lower your water use but still want a yard full of green, you can shrink your lawn to a more sustainable size and compensate with a rock garden or a rain garden.
Choose drip irrigation over sprinklers!
While drip irrigation is more expensive to install, the cost may end up offsetting over the years with lower water bills.
Drip irrigation systems will use less water and reduce waste.
Saving water and reducing consumption is important these days, and if that is high up on your list as well, then you may want to go with a drip irrigation system. These systems are designed to save water and deposit it directly by the roots of your shrubs, plants, annuals, and trees. With this design, less water is used and waste is reduced because there is no chance for the moisture to evaporate in the warm sunlight of the afternoon before the plants can absorb it. Additionally, this method reduces the amount of water on your plant leaves, which reduces chances of a fungal disease developing.
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