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Commercial Smart Sprinkler or low water designs

Water is a premium in Southern California. Conservation is the key. But how can you conserve your water usage and still keep your plants looking green and lush? The first thing you need to do is design a landscape that requires as little water as possible.

Low Water Designs

Keeping your water usage to a minimum does not have to mean skimping on your overall design. A landscape architect that understands plants well can easily come up with a low water usage landscape that looks great, offers the style you are after and still works under the watering constraints of the Los Angeles area.

Utilize Native Plants

Using plenty of native plants can help to reduce your water usage by as much as 50%. Plants native to Southern California have deeper root systems and are acclimated to the climate.

Exotic plants may look beautiful, but they can be more difficult to care for and use more water than is advisable under normal Los Angeles conditions. Limit exotic pants to indoors where they can be potted and watered more liberally.

Install Similar Plants Together

Consider a plant’s watering needs when designing your overall landscape. By putting greenery with similar water needs together, you can eliminate the risk of over watering some areas, while starving others of needed moisture. Plus, when plants with similar needs are planted together, you can customize the watering schedule, thus lowering your overall water needs.

Consider the Site’s Exposure to the Elements

Choose the right plants for the right spaces. For instance, plants that require more water should be placed in shaded areas to help keep evaporation rates lower. Consider the stress wind and sun exposure can have on your pants and how that may increase their water demands.

Minimize Slopes

Slopes can cause runoff and erosion. This will not only damage your plantings, but will increase your water usage. Opt instead for native ground covers and deep rooted plants. This will help keep erosion at bay as well as allow the plants to seek their own underground water sources.

Install a Smart Sprinkler System

You have spent a lot of time and money on your commercial landscape design. Don’t risk those plants to the elements by using a shoddy sprinkler system. A quality sprinkler system can not only save your plantings, but it can save you thousands of dollars in water costs. Research shows that a smart sprinkler system uses 40% less water every year. If every business owner would install one, the Los Angeles area would have a lot less water worries!

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What is a Smart Sprinkler System?

A smart sprinkler is a high tech system that utilizes weather data collected from the internet or a sensor, which tells the system when and how much watering is needed over a 24 hours period. With this system there is no risk of the sprinklers going off during a rain shower. The sensor will activate when water is needed and not before. Simple to install, it is one of the most efficient ways to keep water usage low and still keep your landscaping looking great.

Special Irrigation Considerations

Of course, adding a smart sprinkler system is only one thing you can do to keep water usage as low as possible. Here are some other ticks that quality Los Angeles landscapers use regularly to help their clients save on water:

  • Using the right water pressure: the most efficient water pressure for a sprinkler system is 30-50 psi. Any higher and the water tends to mist which can blow away or evaporate.
  • Keeping the heads uniform: this keeps water spraying in the right amount.
  • Creating watering zones: watering like plantings together (shrubs vs. flowers vs. grass), keeps water waste low.
  • Matching precipitation rates: this is the amount the heads put out per square foot. Low precipitation rates can be mastered by rotating the sprinkler heads.
  • Timing is Vital: knowing when to water is as important as how much water you give your plants. Using a timer on your sprinkler system to ensure proper watering is essential to saving water in Southern California.

Preserving water is vital in the Los Angeles area. That is why it is so important to utilize smart sprinkler systems and low water landscape designs as much as possible. Based right here in Southern California, we are Los Angeles Commercial smart sprinkler system experts specializing in both of these areas, ensuring that our clients use only the amount of water absolutely necessary to keep their landscaping looking beautiful while keeping their water usage as low as possible.