As a business owner in California, we’re sure you’re aware of the persistent drought. We’re also sure that you're well aware of how much money is spent watering your landscape. If you’re like most business owners, watering your landscape accounts for about 50% of your water bill. Ouch, that’s a lot of water literally going down the drain. How can you cut money costs, help California through this drought, and still have a great-looking business landscape?
With drought resistant plants and landscaping, and reducing the amount of grass on your property.
If you’re looking for some great drought-resistant landscaping and plant ideas, you’ve come to the right place.
First thing’s first, reduce your turf
Everyone loves the look of a lush, green lawn. However, keeping one looking great is expensive, and in California, almost irresponsible.
If you want to save money and help save water, the first thing you should do is reduce or eliminate the amount of green grass you have around your business property. Turf reduction means you reduce and replace sections of turf grass with drought resistant, and preferably native, plants.
Of course, turf reduction doesn’t mean covering your property with gravel. There is a wide selection of native plants that come in a variety of colors, require very little water, and are a great-looking addition to any landscape. Also, with some creative planning, you just may like your new, drought-resistant property even more than when it was covered in turf.
Drought resistant plants
California has many native plants that look great as part of a business landscape. Plants that are low-growing and cover a lot of ground are an excellent choice.
For a great low-grower choice, try Sedum Spath Uli folium, Cape Blanco. This plant not only looks great with its tight rosettes and trailing stems, but it also makes for great groundcover.
To add some color, consider Calandrinia spectacles rock purslane. This blooming succulent will also attract butterflies and birds, too.
If you have areas that are small, long, and/or narrow, consider using mulch instead of turf. You can also incorporate river rocks, or some crushed granite to help complete your landscaping. These along with some ornamental grasses can add texture and reduce the number of resources you use to water your landscape.
Making the switch to a drought-resistant landscape is a great choice for you, your business, and California. Luckily, choosing drought-resistant plants and landscaping doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your lawn altogether, just reduce it in some smart money and water saving ways.