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Water is not something that Southern California residents can afford to waste – even for a beautiful landscape. Is it possible to use less water without compromising the look of your landscape? Of course it is! Most landscaping experts agree that there are three things every homeowner can do to control their water usage:

  1. Inspect: a leak the size of a ballpoint pen may not look like much, but it can waste 6,300 gallons of water in just one month. One of the best ways to keep water usage in line is to inspect hoses, sprinklers, and connections regularly and repair even the smallest leaks
  2. Direct: ensuring that the water you use is always directed where it is needed is essential to savings thousands of gallons every year. How many times have you noticed your sprinkler spraying the sidewalk, driveway or pebbled area? Be sure that your entire irrigation system is directing water to right places.
  3. Select: using water wisely depends on choosing the right irrigation system.

While these are three places to begin evaluating your current water usage, there are other important things you and your landscape professionals can do to ensure that you never use more water than you need to.

Low Water Designs to the Rescue

One of the most effective ways you can reduce your water usage is to employ designs that are created with minimal water in mind. Our landscape architects have been trained in plants. They know exactly which plants can thrive under low water restrictions and utilize them throughout 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

Technology is reserved for use inside the home. Today’s smart sprinklers are giving homeowners the freedom to install elaborate landscapes without concern over their water usage. Why? Because a smart sprinkler system uses 40% less water without compromises the health or look of your plants. . You have spent a lot of time and money on your 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.

What is a Smart Sprinkler System?

A smart sprinkler is a high tech system that uses current weather data to determine the correct water output. Taking information form the internet and system sensors, the sprinkler knows exactly when to run – and for how long. This takes the guesswork out of the watering system. Plus it eliminates the risk of your sprinklers going off during or after a soaking rain. Since the sensor will only activate the system when water is needed, you never have to worry about wasting water again. 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

The addition of a smart sprinkler system to your landscape maintenance plan is one way to keep control of your water usage. But it is not the only thing you can do to control how much water you give your plants. 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: keeping plants with similar needs together can make the entire watering process much easier and more efficient. Watering like plantings together (shrubs vs. flowers vs. grass), keeps water waste low.
  • Timing is Vital: plants perform better when watered at the right time. Plus, giving our plants water during certain times of the day or night can be more efficient if it is a time when evaporation is low and the water can seep into the ground and plants more naturally. Using a timer on your sprinkler system to ensure proper watering is essential to saving water in Southern California.

Water preservation is an important element when it comes to plant management. We are Los Angeles residential smart sprinkler system experts, specializing in helping our clients find the best mix landscape design and water saving equipment to make their landscape both practical and beautiful.