When it comes to making your yard look beautiful, finding ways to accomplish the task while conserving water it essential. After all, water restrictions are frequently in place in California, so it is important to find ways to stretch your water further while caring for your yard. By keeping these few simple tips in mind, you can have an attractive yard while worrying less about water.
Choose the Right Plants
Perhaps the most important step you can take toward conserving water while creating a beautiful yard is to choose native plants. By purchasing plants that are native to the area, you can be sure they are acclimated to the soil, rainfall and climate that is typical for San Diego. Visit websites such as eNature.com and H2ouse.org to find the best species of plants for the area.
Select Smaller Plants
While some plants and shrubs will grow to very large sizes, others will stay relatively small. Since bigger plants need more water to survive, it is generally best to plant those that will not grow to a very large size. When selecting your plants, be sure to research how tall and wide they will become.
Overcrowded plants need more water that those that are spaced properly. Follow the planting instructions on your new plants and flowers to ensure you are giving each plant enough space to grow properly. Remember, while it may look a bit sparse at first, the plants will fill out over the next couple of years as they mature.
Mulch creates a clean and attractive look while also helping the ground retain water. In addition, mulch helps to keep weeds at bay, which means you don’t have to worry about your precious water going to the weeds instead of your plants. There are many options that you can consider for mulch, including bark chips, compost, pine needles, grass clippings, ground-up leaves, rocks, landscaping paper and pebbles.
Install Porous Pathways
Garden paths help to create interest while also making it easier to move through your garden. When installing these paths, choose porous materials so the rainwater can seep into the ground and reach your plants rather than run off into the street. Examples of porous materials that are excellent for creating garden paths include non-mortared concrete pavers, pebbles, gravel and spaced bricks.
Water in the Morning
The best time to water your yard is in the morning when the air is still cool. If you water in the middle of the day when the temperatures tend to be their highest, you will lose water through evaporation. It is also best to avoid watering at dusk, as your plants will remain wet into the night and will then be at risk of developing mold and mildew.