Water Saving Tips for California Landscaping

You don’t want your California garden to look like this!

Water is one of the most precious commodities in the world and since no place is immune to drought, it is always a good practice to prepare for the inevitable by making your landscape to become resilient to any dry spells that might arise in the future. One of the easiest ways is to seek for the services of a good landscaping company (if you’re in San Mateo) which will give you professional help and guidance on how to save water. A good landscaping company can offer some of these tips listed below to help you save water in your garden:

  • Drought resistant plants – plants which work to minimize evaporation are ideal when it comes to saving water. These plants are made to minimize water loss and maximize on water uptake.
  • Grow native plants – since these plants are adapted to the California weather, they will not need additional irrigation since they can comfortably survive on California’s annual rainfall.

  • Drip irrigation system – this system works by watering plants right at the root hence they are more efficient than the sprinkler systems. Since these systems use 20% to 25% less water as compared to the sprinkler systems, they are capable of saving up to 30, 000 gallons per year.
  • Eliminate any leaks – if you get a competent landscaping company to maintain your garden, they will be checking for leaks and fixing them at every visit hence you will not have to worry about having any leaks in your garden.
  • Use an irrigation system with a smart controller – these weather based irrigation systems can tremendously improve your watering efficiency by automatically adjusting irrigation depending on humidity, amount of rain and even temperature.
  • Reduce your lawn – a lot of water Is normally used in watering lawns and gardens in most homes. Most grasses are high water users and will need a lot of water to be maintained. It is advisable to replace some of these grasses with a ground cover that is drought resistant hence won’t require constant watering.
  • Re-use Grey water – re-using grey water is one way of getting a free source for landscape irrigation. Water that would have otherwise been disposed of is easily used here. The advantage is that it is very easy and cheap to install these systems.
  • Incorporate mulch into your plants – by applying a layer of mulch to planting beds, you are capable of preserving soil moisture, improving environment for root growth and even preventing evaporation. Mulch also helps to suppress weeds which normally compete for moisture with your plants and it also decomposes the soil allowing it to absorb more water.

close up on outdoor worker working on adding mulch in the garden

  • Always water your plants in the morning – this will help the plant to get the water it needs to get through the heat of the day. This is essential because of the cool temperature in the morning which will prevent the water from evaporating quickly.
  • Rain barrels – this is one way of making the most of what nature offers. Water from rain barrels is also good for plants as it is free from chemicals and salts.