The Bright Side of Water Conservation
With the water restrictions increasing in Southern California in recent months, more and more properties are converting to water-efficient landscapes. While some are hesitant to make the change, many feel the benefits far outweigh the risks.
An innovative water management program is key when transitioning to a reduced-water landscape, or Xeriscape. Since every property is unique with its own way, a plan should be customized to suit your specific needs, and could include several elements – such as drought-tolerant plants, turf alternatives, irrigation modifications and upgrades, and routine property inspections to identify areas of water waste and any other issues.
Drought-tolerant, or Xeriscaping, doesn’t only describe desert landscapes anymore, as many might believe. There are several alternatives to water loving plants that are beautiful, low maintenance, as well as water-efficient. Colorful options include several varieties of Salvia, Rosemary shrubs, Bougainvillea, Lantana, Lavender, Crape Myrtle Trees, and many more. Incorporating succulents is also a very popular trend these days and can include options like Aloe, Agave, Echeveria, Aeonium, and Jade, just to name a few. This list continues to grow as nurseries grow new varieties all the time. The examples shown above are a great representation of the possibilities of Xeriscaping, incorporating variety, texture, color, and dimension.
Replacing large areas of turf with drought-tolerant grasses, groundcover, plants, rocks, and other alternatives, like decomposed granite walkways, is another great way to reduce water usage and creates beautiful diversity in landscape design. Incorporating mulch is another good water management practice since mulch reduces the need for water by keeping soil moist and healthy as well as keeping weed growth in check.
One of the most important components of successful water management is your irrigation system. Your systems should be monitored routinely to prevent water waste and improve efficiency. To better manage water distribution, drip irrigation systems are recommended by many. Drip irrigation cuts down on water use, therefore reducing water bills, by distributing water more effectively to the root zone. However, there are pros and cons with any type system you utilize. The maintenance when using drip can be more time consuming and issues may not be detected quite as easily, so weigh the benefits and determine what’s best for you and your situation.
Every property is unique with its own challenges and considerations when considering a water-efficient landscape renovation. While the initial transition may seem overwhelming, the long term benefits are substantial and include a significant decrease in water usage, maintenance expense, and sustainability, without sacrificing beauty.
To learn more about enhancing your property’s landscape with innovative water management solutions, request a free proposal. Our award-winning design and installation teams have years of experience in increasing our clients’ property value with affordable solutions guaranteed to reduce water usage, costs, and provide long-term sustainability.