The curb appeal of a home is generally the first impression a visitor will have. As a result, people usually attempt to maintain the landscape of their homes as much as possible. As of late, however, an even larger factor than aesthetic appeal that is affecting Pasadena landscape design is water conservation. With the help of a professional landscaping company and the adequate knowledge, however, you do not need to sacrifice one for the other.
What Is Xeriscaping?
One method that many homeowners are turning to in order to create water-saving, yet eye-catching landscapes is xeriscaping. Xeriscaping is the practice of creating a landscape that conserves the most amount of water possible through planning and design, soil preparation, plant selection, and efficient irrigation. You will need to consider your space, including the existing structures, what can be changed, the slopes, and existing irrigation when designing your landscape. You can include such things as hardscapes like patio spaces, dry streams, walkways, boulders, and different-colored gravels and sands. Hardscapes can serve as entertainment areas, borders, or even as drainage.
A major source of water loss is lawn. Lawns require regular watering, fertilizing, aeration, and mowing, which all can add up to lost time and money. But having a water-conservative landscape does not mean you need to give up plants altogether. Instead, consider finding plants that are native to your area. California alone has over 4,000 native plant species to choose from, as well as species that are not native, but have adapted well to the California climate. Native species, such as lupines, Clarkia, lilac shrubs, delphinium, asters, black-eyed Susans, irises, sages, lavender, and more can mean less need for water and fertilization. Using cacti and succulents, such as aloe, agave, hens and chicks, and Iceplant can also add interest to the landscape while minimizing water use. Proper soil preparation can also help reduce the need for water and fertilizers. Adding organic materials, such as peat moss, as well as mulches can help the soil maintain better water retention. Mulching can also assist in controlling weeds and maintaining soil temperatures. Consulting a local nursery or landscape professional can assist you in choosing plants that are native to your area.
Irrigation and Maintenance
Even with hardscaping and the use of native plants, you will still usually need to have an irrigation system included in your Pasadena landscape design. Irrigation systems, when planned to match the landscape design and well maintained, prove to assist in lowering water usage. Especially when controlled by a timer, the system can assist in ensuring that your plants are not over-watered and that watering does not take place during the hottest part of the day. A landscaping professional can assist you in the design and proper maintenance practices for an irrigation system.