Three Ways You Can Adapt To California's Watering Restrictions

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 8:00:00 AM by Fran Oneto

Three Ways You Can Adapt To California's Watering Restrictions | The Experienced Gardener


Californians are an interesting bunch. We have this reputation around the country as hipster surfers who have to deal with constant earthquakes. Sure, we have our fair share, but native Californians don’t get worked up for anything under a 5.0 on the Richter scale. Don’t believe me? Hollywood blockbusters were making throwaway jokes about it 20 years ago. Seriously, we’re not scared of earthquakes here. The odds are in our favor, we’ll be all right.

However, once very serious problem all Californians are dealing with is the drought. We’re on our fourth consecutive dry year, and it’s really taking a toll – especially if you have a lush landscape or healthy garden.

So how can you adapt to the new watering restrictions in California? Here are three suggestions:

Switch to waterless landscaping

I know a lush green lawn looks lovely, but at what cost? And if you can only water it periodically, then reaching that full level of luster is going to be tough. So why not consider waterless options? You can opt for alternatives like bark, rockwork or even fake grass, and none of it will require a drop of water.

Sacrifice one portion of the landscape

If you have a vegetable garden, a backyard and a front lawn, then I have some bad news: I don’t think they’re all going to make it. And even if you try to keep all your plant life alive, there’s just not going to be enough water to go around. Your results will be lackluster. So I think it’s time to make a tough choice and sacrifice one area of your landscaping. Even though you might lose your garden, your lawn will be much better for it.

Introduce some drought-resistant plant life

Some people can’t bear the thought of a barren landscape, and desire some kind of plant life on the property. If that describes you, consider swapping out some of your current plants for more drought-resistant varieties, such as cacti. That way you’ll still have an attractive lawn and garden to take care of, without so much maintenance.


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