Landscape designers and contractors, water agencies and even housing developers are increasingly turning away from thirsty natural grass lawns and urging homeowners to diversify their landscape designs to include drought tolerant themes because most of the time it doesn’t rain in Southern California from the end of April until the first of November.
Looking for ways to conserve water is a fact of life in Southern California. However, the use of drought tolerant landscaping using only native plants and rocks alone may result in an unattractive landscape.
Natural turf grass is one of the most water-intensive plants in your landscape. Its high water usage and cost, as well as frequent maintenance needs make it a time-consuming, expensive option in Southern California. The look and usability of natural grass is often restricted by San Diego’s weather and seasonal temperatures, as the natural grass can be either too muddy or too hard, have brown spots, or be dried out and pale.
Adding some artificial turf may be your drought tolerant garden design solution. Synthetic Grass is also environmentally friendly as it saves on water, has been found to be safe, and avoids the use of pesticides.
When front yards and common-area open spaces are combined with artificial turf and California native plants and other trees and shrubs that thrive in San Diego’s Mediterranean-style climate of dry summers and warm, wet winters, the results can be stunning. Many plants aren’t only drought-tolerant – many are fire resistant as well. Dozens of varieties have been endorsed for use by Southern California fire agencies.
If you would like information about how to install artificial turf, click HERE. Its maintenance is reduced to a minimum, it can be used all year around, and the color is consistent. For information about updating your existing irrigation system, click HERE.
A well designed drought tolerant garden in San Diego may include succulents, drought-tolerant trees, and attractive cactus such as the pink-flowering cactus, as well as gorgeous rocks ― along with stunning green rectangles of perfect lawn. Artificial turf can be added to a drought tolerant garden plan to create a lush tropical scenario. You can even incorporate a pet area for your dog or a play area for the children.
You can select artificial turf that is long in length, or putting-green short, or somewhere in between. You can get synthetic grass in shades of dark green or light green, depending on the kind of grass that grows in your San Diego neighborhood.
You can even choose the color of the springy underlayer. Some styles of artificial turf have variegated strands ― some dark, some light ― that look especially real.
The best part? No pouring San Diego’s clean water into the grass. No burning gasoline to mow it. No fertilizer running into the sea. People will stop and stare, and say how great your lawn looks. And you don’t have to tell anyone it’s fake. With a quality synthetic turf, it is not uncommon for neighbors to ask how you keep your lawn so evenly mowed without any brown spots. You can just let people think you have a very green thumb, and a silent, invisible mower.
If you live in San Diego County and you would like to discuss drought tolerant garden design for your yard or business, we offer FREE GARDEN DESIGN CONSULTATIONS.