If you live in Southern California, it might be time to consider drought-resistant landscaping.
Once again, our beloved Golden State is on the brink of drought. Officials recently announced that “the accumulation of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Cascades was about 40% below average levels.” This means that the state hasn’t accumulated enough snow and rain to replenish its groundwater supplies, feed its rivers and streams or fill depleted reservoirs.
What’s more, California’s prominent agriculture industry—which contributes to about a quarter of the US food supply—uses about 80% of the state’s water resources. In other words, water is in high demand (and short supply).
With the warm summer weather that’s quickly approaching, there’s no better time to consider drought-resistant landscaping for your property. This water-conserving option is an environmentally friendly way to keep your yard looking fresh and beautiful without putting further strain on the state’s water system. Here’s what you should know—and how to get started.
What is drought-resistant landscaping?
It’s all in the name! Drought-resistant landscaping is exactly what you think—it’s a style of landscaping that utilizes drought-tolerant plants, which require significantly less water than, say, a lawn, to maintain.
As you probably know, lawn upkeep drains vital water resources. In fact, it requires approximately 62 gallons for a 10’ x 10’ area. By switching to drought-resistant landscaping, you’ll not only save money on your water bill, you’ll save precious resources, too.
What kind of plants and materials are used in drought-resistant landscaping?
Popular drought-resistant plants include many desert-adapted species such as cacti and succulents, ornamental grasses, and a variety of flowering options as well. But plants aren’t the only component of a water-saving yard—there are many other elements that can be incorporated.
For example, strategically placed river rocks, boulders, pavers, and more can help define spaces in your front or back yard and create a visually appealing design. Working with experienced experts, such as TrueVert®, is a great way to ensure that your drought-resistant landscaping is as beautiful as it functional.
Is it time to switch to drought-resistant landscaping?
If you live in Southern California, the answer is a resounding “yes!” But there’s more to it than just saving water during times of drought. In fact, there are many benefits for switching out grass in favor of low-water landscaping.
One we already mentioned: more money in your pocket! Your new landscaping will require significantly less water, which translates to significant cost savings. What’s more, you’ll lower your maintenance labor and/or costs as well. That’s because drought-resistant landscaping (including those rocks and other hard materials) doesn’t need as much upkeep or attention to thrive.
Finally, drought-resistant landscaping isn’t just for your home—it can be used for both residential and commercial properties alike. That includes rental houses and apartment complexes, offices, retail stores, restaurants, and more. Use it anywhere you’d typically see grass for an appealing, eco-friendly look.
Ready to start summer without the hassle, water expenditure, and costly upkeep of having a lawn in Southern California? Let TrueVert® bring your drought-resistant landscaping dreams to life with a custom-designed solution. Contact us today to get started.