Why Xeriscape is a good choice in the drought
It’s no secret that we are in the middle of the most serious drought of our times. But where is all of that water going? According to the Association of California Water Agencies more than 50% of all water use is for outdoor applications – that means mostly landscaping and crop irrigation.
Now take into consideration that the average lawn needs 57 inches of water a year to maintain itself. In our climate we can count on about half of that from Mother Nature. The rest comes directly out of the reservoirs. Our solution – consider Xeriscaping.
Xeriscaping is basically utilizing natural plants to replace the lawn in your yard. Wildflowers and succulents are the plants of choice in our area. Our landscape design specialists use drip irrigation lines and Xeriscape plans to create readily sustainable front and backyard gardens.
The cost of xeriscaping usually pays for itself in saved water costs in just a few years. The majority of the cost is incurred during the demolition and replanting phase. The cost of native plants is usually quite low and there are local gardens such as those of the California Natural Plant Society.
Don’t worry, your landscape doesn’t have to look like a desert. Our designers will help you with plant choices, opting for slow-growing, drought tolerant plants that are native to the region like California Buckeye, Coyote Bush and Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry. You can also have grass if you wish. We recommend Muhlenbergia rigens (Deer Grass) to plant as a specimen that can grow in a clump about 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide.
Our design team has had considerable success creating beautiful, water friendly landscapes. Our landscapes save approximately 50% over the previous landscape that was in your yard. This is in line with what several other landscaping groups have been able to achieve. According to Pamela Berstler, a managing member of G3 – Green Gardens Group, ” Our own personal experience designing and maintaining sustainable landscapes for the past 10 years is that the water reduction alone can be as much as 70% from the turf-centric or climate-inappropriate garden, and that we can eliminate dry-weather urban runoff, while reducing storm weather runoff by as much as 60%.”
If you are interested in saving 50% to 75% on your watering bill while having one of the most spectacular yards in your neighborhood, call our professional landscapers at Low Flow Sprinkler Pros. We’ll be glad to get you started toward a less expensive, healthier yard, today!