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How To Set Up Xeriscaping For Your California Lawn

Posted by Troy Scott on 30 July


How To Set Up Xeriscaping For Your California Lawn http://www.heavenlygreens.com/blog/how-to-set-up-xeriscaping-for-your-california-lawn @heavenlygreensXeriscaping is the term being used for landscaping techniques that allow for environmentally friendly lawns and areas that dramatically reduce the direct need for water. Because of the severity of drought conditions in many areas of the United States, including California, states have enacted laws that drastically limit the use of water while these conditions are present. Xeriscaping offers homeowners the opportunity to maintain beautiful lawns without worrying about excessive water usage.

The Move to Conserve Water

Xeriscaping saves about 44 gallons of water each year for every square foot of natural grass lawn that is converted to a more water friendly alternative. In the past HOA's frowned on the use of artificial turf, but now with drought conditions at near dangerous levels, they have no choice but to allow homeowners to pursue all options that allow for the conservation of water. Xeriscaping uses drought resistant plants and techniques to help conserve water and keep lawns looking their very best, even in the worst conditions.

What Options Are Available

Homeowners who are considering xeriscaping have several options in addition to the use of artificial turf. For people who have very small areas, hardscaping is just one way of minimizing the level of maintenance required and still allows for foliage to flourish. Pavers, cement patios and wood decks can take up much of the space with smaller areas being left for flower gardens and small ponds or fountains. Succulents and various types of cacti are often considered for these areas and many offer beautiful blooms to counter the dark green of the leaves. Plant boxes and tall potted plants can be used to create depth and add a unique touch to smaller areas. Building a permanent barbecue/grill can also take up space. A firepit or barbecue will add contrast to the area as well as fill the area with the hearty aroma of a summer meal if you choose to cook outside.


Making the Change

If a homeowner plans to explore the options xeriscaping has to offer, the first step is to talk to a landscaper who specializes in the techniques that are often used. They will be able to explain the process from start to finish, as well as what types of plants work well in certain areas. They will also be able to offer suggestions as to what type of design would best suit the home's style and character.

With larger lawns, the use of artificial turf may be a better option than landscaping the entire area. Artificial lawn comes in many different shades of green, pile heights and strengths that are well suited for various levels of activity. Lawns that will have to endure the constant play of children and pets will require a different type of lawn than if someone is intending to use the area for recreational purposes like a putting green or other type of game play.

Compliance with State and Local Standards

Before beginning any type of xeriscaping, it is important that a homeowner knows the both the state and local laws that govern their area. Homeowner Associations will often have strict guidelines in place as to what kinds of materials can be used in a landscaping project. All of these things must be taken into consideration before a xeriscaping project is started. Once a homeowner chooses a design and all of the details are put into play, it is a good idea to ask a building or zoning commissioner if the project is within the state's guidelines.

Xeriscaping in California gives homeowners many new ways to keep their property beautiful in addition to helping protect the environment. It is important to contact a landscaper that is in close proximity to the address where the project will be completed so that the right plants and techniques can be used. It also helps a homeowner to remain in compliance with their local codes and laws.

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