As we all look for new ways to manage water resources in California, homeowners are turning more to drought-friendly landscaping. Homeowners are opting to get rid of their water-intensive lawns and gardens and design a more environmentally-friendly yard. Drought friendly landscape ideas aren’t just good for the planet, they require less work and cost less to maintain. Those savings are very attractive to homebuyers and will ultimately help increase the value of your home.
If you are considering a drought-friendly landscape, here are some ways to do it:
Plant Drought Tolerant Plants: There are tons of beautiful drought tolerant plants that require little to no watering. Using these plants will help reduce your water usage while still adding color and texture to your garden. Calwater has a comprehensive list of drought tolerant plants on their website to consider.
Incorporate Native Plants: Plants that are native to Southern California are tolerant of hot, dry conditions. They don’t require as much care or watering as non-native plants. Native plants also blend seamlessly into the landscape. Here’s a list of native plants that you can use as a guide.
Consider Containers: If you have a favorite flower or plant that requires a lot of watering, rather than planting it in your yard, consider a container. Containers are a great way to add a few of the plants you love while also making sure you use your water strategically. Container plants can be water sparingly and do not ever waste water the way an irrigated garden bed does.
Add Some Hardscaping: Hardscaping is a great way to upgrade to your yard that does not require any watering. Hardscaping can be anything from adding patio pavers to gravel and sand areas to large rocks. These features add architectural interest, give you new ways to use your yard, and can highlight your garden beds.
Provide Shade: Shade helps protect against water evaporation in your yard. Planting a few trees, tall shrubs, or even adding shade with a pergola or awning can help reduce your water use. Adding shade also makes your backyard more enjoyable during hot days.
Implement A Water Reuse System: Adding a few strategically placed rainwater barrels with a drip water system, is a great way to utilize all the water in your yard. You can also look into grey water systems to use your household wastewater to keep your garden lush and green. With one of these systems in place, you’ll never have to turn on the hose when your plants need a drink.
These ideas will get you started. If you are looking to buy a new home with a drought-friendly yard, talk to an Aspire LA agent.