Whether its commercial landscaping or a residential property, we often inherit a garden design that may be more resource-thirsty than is ideal.
As demand is spread increasingly thin for California’s limited supply of water, a growing number of property owners are acting on the merits of a conversion to xeriscaping. But what exactly is this landscaping strategy, and what does it involve?
This contemporary approach to Bay Area landscape design offers the welcome reward of lower water consumption, reduced plant maintenance, and far less need for fertilizers and pest control measures.
Crucially, xeriscaping is a commercial landscape trend that aligns our efforts with nature, rather than working against her. Are you curious to know more? Read on as we explore the ins and outs of xeriscaping.
What Is Xeriscaping?
To achieve all of these welcome time and money-saving traits, xeriscaping harnesses the use of highly attractive, slow-growing, and drought tolerant plants—often those native to California or other Mediterranean-style climates.
Taking this concept further, putting the right plant in the right place is prioritized, based on factors such as aspect, soil type, and micro climate. With such forethought, pest and disease problems are mitigated, and the resulting landscapes are as robust as they are aesthetic.
The xeriscapes garden is designed to be water wise, using strategic landscaping, mulches, and ground cover to keep H20 where it is needed most, while preventing evaporation.
This approach also means that maintenance is reduced to the minimum, with little weeding to worry about.
Landowners enjoy the associated reduction in maintenance costs, while residents experience living or working within a thriving and dependable landscaped environment, no matter how challenging the dry season’s climate may become.
The Key Ingredients of Xeriscaping
As Bay Area commercial landscapers, we know all too well that historically, local fashions have often favored English-style gardens that demand phenomenal volumes of water while being susceptible to pests and diseases.
This places landscaping contractors on the front line, keeping delicate plant species happy in a non-native climate.
In contrast, xeriscaping provides a refreshing alternative, taking into account not only that the plants and trees used in landscape design should be robust to drought and rising temperatures, but also that tactics should vary from region to region within California to yield the best results.
Without a doubt, conditions range dramatically between coastal areas and those inland, while the north and south of the state are distinct, with relatively high moisture and desert conditions respectively.
Zooming in yet further on potential waiting to be harnessed, the savvy xeriscaper will consider local resources, creating garden spaces that reflect water availability, sunlight, and soil conditions.
Alongside native plant species, those from locations such as the Mediterranean basin, Australia, and South Africa are often vibrant additions to a drought tolerant landscape design that always looks its best.
Soil and Irrigation Management
Whether introducing a new Xeriscape HOA landscape Design or converting an existing garden for water cost savings, it is crucial to begin with the basics. At first instance, we must honor that healthy plants make their home in healthy soils.
This is achieved by testing soil to ensure that it is well-draining and offers a hearty balance of organic matter and key nutrients—making any necessary adjustments before establishing the intended landscape design.
When the soil is right, grasses, plants, and trees gain a healthy hold and set their roots quickly. This, in turn, improves the resilience of the soil structure and water retention, allowing the envisioned landscape design to manifest and mature much more quickly.
Another absolute essential to xeriscaping is intelligent irrigation management. This means providing water strategically, only when it is required, and in just the right volumes to maximize use by plants and minimize runoff or evaporation.
Modern advancements in irrigation technology make this a highly accessible goal, both in terms of practicality and cost.
Drip irrigation systems can deliver water directly to the roots of each plant, while grouping species by their relative thirst makes it easier to coordinate water use to the minimum volume, applying different amounts to different areas of the garden.
Better yet, smart irrigation technologies allow for automatic adjustments based on current weather patterns, ensuring that your water bill is never higher than it ought to be.
All of these advancements can be claimed in collaboration with a HOA Water Conservation Specialist from FloraTerra, who will strive to marry your budgetary goals and landscaping dreams.
For All Your Xeriscaping and Commercial Landscape Maintenance Needs
At FloraTerra, we take great pride in delivering water wise and cost-efficient solutions through our small and large property landscaping services in San Jose CA and beyond.
Whether you aim to realize a brand-new landscape or transform your existing green spaces to minimize water and maintenance costs moving forwards, we are here to assist.
Our full-spectrum offering includes tree selection services, HOA drought tolerant landscape design, irrigation design and maintenance, green scaping solutions, and much more. To discover how FloraTerra’s dedicated team of landscaping experts can help you manifest your vision, get in touch today
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