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California’s Drought Affects Pools

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 29 July , 2015

California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in recent history. This has led to mandatory water restrictions being imposed across the state. The governor hopes that these restrictions will drop water usage by 25 percent. However, this has caused major drawbacks for the pool industry.

Backyard swimming pools are part of the lifestyle of California. However, droughts have left more and more empty pools across the parched landscape. Many Californians have given up on their pools and are filling them in. According to one company which fills in pools, “We used to only do maybe one pool a year in the last 20 years…And then it eventually got to where it is now; about two pools a week for the past year and a half, two years.” It is no surprise considering many cities and water districts have passed bans on the construction of new swimming pools. There are also bans on draining and refilling existing pools.

What Can I Do With My Old Pool?

If you feel having a pool is a waste of water during the drought, there are several options available to you. Filling in your pool will eliminate the need for nearly 15,000 gallons of water. You will also avoid the expense and time of upkeep. In place of your pool you could consider several drought-friendly landscaping ideas like:

  • Reduce the amount of grass – Grass is notorious for needed excessive moisture to remain green and beautiful. By elimination grass or replacing it with a more drought friendly variety you can greatly reduce your landscape’s need for water.
  • Plant the right plants – Choose plants that require less water. Native plants are always a great option. You can still enjoy colorful and fragrant blossoms, like lavender; just make sure they do not require a lot of water. Evergreens and shrubs are also a great option.
  • Add a hard surface – Take up yard space with a hard surface like a patio or fire pit. Both are great places for entertaining and enjoying the outdoors.
  • Create a shady space – Shade helps retain moisture in the soil by slowing down or eliminating evaporation.

If you are living in California and currently suffering through the drought, the team at Juniper Landscape Company in San Diego can help you create a beautiful landscape. If you have your pool removed you will have a large amount of space to fill. Let us create the perfect landscape design for you. We will do all of the hard work while you simply sit back and enjoy your new outdoor space!

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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