Drought resistant landscaping services
It’s a well-known fact that the state of California is no stranger to droughts. In fact, the most recent drought lasted 376 weeks, according to the National Integrated Drought Information System. Records indicated that the drought spanned from December 27, 2011 through March 5, 2019 and affected approximately 58 percent of California land.
Droughts are a serious occurrence and can wreak havoc on communities and the environment. From an economic standpoint, droughts can affect everyone from farmers, who lose money when crops are destroyed, to consumers, who have to pay more for their food. Environmentally speaking, droughts destroy habitats and increase the opportunities for wildfires—another issue California is all too familiar with.
While it’s easy to feel helpless in the face of a natural disaster, there are many things people can do to help mitigate the effects of a drought. Conserving water is at the top of the list, which means using less throughout the day. One way to manage this is through drought resistant landscaping. This type of landscaping can save a significant amount of water, time and money.
If you’re considering making the switch, read up on these five reasons to go green with drought resistant landscaping.
- Drought resistant landscaping is good for the environment.
The grass is always greener—but it’s not necessarily better. Lawn upkeep is incredibly draining on water resources, requiring approximately 62 gallons for a 10’ x 10’ area. Replacing it with drought resistant landscaping will cut back significantly on water usage, benefiting the environment.
Another eco-conscious plus? Drought resistant landscaping can help prevent polluted runoff from flowing into the ocean. Traditional landscaping is often over watered, which can result in pesticide-contaminated water running into rivers, streams and eventually the ocean.
- Drought resistant landscaping can lower your water bills.
If you’re using less water on your landscaping, you’ll spend less money on your water bill. It’s that simple!
- Less maintenance is required for upkeep.
Less watering is not only good for the wallet and the environment, it also means less labor and upkeep. While desert and drought resistant plants still require the occasional care, they by no means need the same attention to detail as their high-maintenance counterparts.
In addition, drought tolerant landscaping often features hardscapes—designs that feature elements like rocks, gravel, pavers and concrete. Needless to say, these components require little to no maintenance or upkeep.
- Drought resistant landscaping is pest resistant and helps curb plant diseases.
Many drought resistant plants have evolved to survive and thrive in harsh conditions, and that includes deterring pests and diseases. Mexican thread grass, for example, is drought tolerant and tends to be naturally pest free. Succulents, with proper care, are also unbothered by most insects.
- It can add beauty and curb appeal to your home or business.
Sometimes people assume that drought resistant landscaping is boring and unattractive, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. There are countless beautiful plants that can add life and style to your hard all while saving our precious water, not to mention the artistry and charm that hardscaping can bring.
Both business owners and homeowners alike are combating the effects of drought by coming up with unique and creative ways to beautify their properties by using drought resistant landscaping. We at TrueVert® can help with these ideas by designing and implementation of plants, stones, shrubs, flowers, pebbles and more. Want to learn more? We’d love to chat.