The xeriscape landscape design method (also called “zeroscaping”) is a technique for landscaping or gardening in which use of water, energy, and chemical fertilizers are reduced as much as possible. By implementing native plants, strategic placement, smart irrigation, and energy-efficient outdoor lighting, you can design a lush setting that complements the style of your home with minimal energy or water use.
Given the incredible drought that California is facing, it is no wonder that xeriscaping has become one of our most popular landscape designs for San Diego, thanks to its ability to increase drought resistance and lower your landscape’s water usage.
Xeriscaping with Plants Native to San Diego
Native plants are ideal for sustainable, low maintenance landscape solutions. The plants that naturally grow in a specific area have adapted to the surrounding soil, moisture, climate, and temperature changes between seasons. When healthy native plants are grown and placed in an appealing manner, they can improve the appearance of your yard while minimizing water use in your outdoor living spaces. They are also resistant to pests and don’t require use of chemical fertilizers.
Some popular plants native to San Diego include:
- California fuchsia
- Purple three-awn
- Desert willow
- Fairy duster
- Coastal sagebrush
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The drought-resistant plants used in this xeriscape provide a beautiful plethora of color and texture in Del Mar, CA.
Reduce Water Consumption & Maintenance with Xeriscaping
It is estimated that about 50 percent of the water that homeowners use goes to lawns and outdoor plants. By adopting xeriscape techniques, you can cut your water usage in half. Installation of smart irrigation systems help conserve water and reduce your need for high maintenance yards.
We also plant fescue, which is a type of grass that is both drought- and shade-tolerant. Usually found in pastures, this sustainable grass product can be used for home, businesses, parks, and other outdoor areas. It can be grown in full sun, deep shade, or anything in between. This environmentally conscious alternative to drought resistant plants used in xeriscaping looks like regular grass, doesn’t require fertilizer, and can be mowed less than traditional grass. If you are looking to create a more traditional yard but still reduce your water use, fescue is a great option.
Benefits of Xericaping in San Diego
Native plants do not only require less water, but they also require little maintenance in the way of mowing and trimming. If the maintenance of a landscape is what’s holding you back from building a beautiful outdoor space, a xeriscape is a great option since it largely maintains itself.
When paired with energy efficient outdoor lighting, you can further curb your dependence on energy while cutting the cost of your utility bills. Using native plants also limits the need for fertilizers because these species are already resistant to local pests common to San Diego. Most plant fertilizers contain dangerous chemicals that can damage the environment, so we encourage our clients to limit them wherever possible.
Schedule a Consultation for Your Xeriscape in San Diego
If you are interested in building a low-maintenance, low-water landscape that doesn’t sacrifice on aesthetic appeal, talk to us about xeriscaping! Our experienced landscapers can discuss the benefits and care of a xeriscape, as well as answer any questions you may have. If you’ve never cared for a landscape before, a xeriscape might be the perfect choice for you, since you won’t have to worry about persistent watering, fertilizing, or even pest control!
Schedule a consultation with us today to discuss creating a xeriscape for your San Diego landscape!
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