The California State Water Resources Control Board has placed a water restriction throughout the state, explaining that it is “important to help conserve water during this severe drought condition.”
New Water Restrictions
These restrictions prohibit overwatering of lawns and landscaping that causes runoff onto sidewalks or streets. They also forbid washing sidewalks, driveways, and other hard surfaces. Washing of vehicles is allowed but only when the hose has a shut-off nozzle. Water features are allowed also, but must recirculate the water.
San Diego city officials have stated that water-conserving restrictions have already been in place city wide. According to Mayor Kevin Faulconer, residents of San Diego “have done a tremendous job of stepping up to the plate to incorporate water conservation into their way of life.”
Water Smart Landscaping
Water restrictions can have a major impact on your landscaping, so it is important to consider water-smart landscaping ideas when renovating your home’s outdoor space.
One way to save water is to choose plants that are low-water use and native to the area. These plants will easily adapt to their surroundings, leaving them fairly maintenance free. Once you have selected your plants, group them together depending on their watering needs. This will keep you from over and underwatering your individual plants.
Consider the various areas of your landscape when determining where to plant your plants. The soil type as well as sun and wind exposure will be important in determining evaporation rates and moisture levels, thus determine which soil areas may need more water.
Minimize your open grassy areas, which will require more water. Plant grass, such as turfgrass, where it will be used the most, such as play areas. Consider incorporating more shrubs and trees as opposed to planting grass. Native grasses and certain types of low-watering grasses are another option as well, as they tend to withstand drought better.
Seek Profession Help to Plan Your Water-Smart Landscaping Design
The professional landscapers at JCMS in San Diego have extensive experience working with native plants and landscaping throughout the San Diego area, including incorporating water-friendly and drought-resistant plants into landscapes. Whether you wish to completely overhaul your landscape and create a water-smart design, or simply want to add more water-smart features, Juniper Landscape Company can help you. With extensive experience in planning, installing, and maintaining a wide range of landscaping designs, JCMS can help you bring your ideas and needs for your water smart landscaping to fruition.