As you may have heard, our state is experiencing a drought. The rivers and reservoirs are dangerously low, and Governor Brown has asked us all to cut our water usage by 20 percent. Mandatory conservation measures have not been ruled out, and could be enforced soon if conditions don’t improve.

Naturally, a large part of the problem has been a serious lack of rain in recent months. Another factor is the lack of snow in the mountains, which normally melts and flows down to cities and farms. This year mountain snow is only 20 percent of its usual levels, so we’re looking at a possible long-term problem as spring approaches.

We know we all need to do our part to conserve water, both to protect our state and to prevent mandatory measures. Since landscaping can be a major source of water usage in the home, now is a good time to think about low-water landscaping. We offer many alternatives to typical grass lawns, which require a lot of water and maintenance time. Desert and Mediterranean style landscaping, rock gardens, hardscaping, and artificial turf are just some of your options.

Efficient irrigation systems also offer the opportunity to have a beautiful landscape that also conserves water. Drip irrigation for all plants and trees (especially on hillsides) is an important way to save water. Additionally, we now offer the ability to irrigate grass through under-ground drip. Drip for grass is 40% more efficient than conventional spray systems.

If you’ve been thinking about reducing your water usage and installing some low-maintenance landscaping, now is the time. You’ll be helping your wallet and your neighbors at the same time. If we all do our part, we can help to protect our state’s economy and environment. Call us today for a consultation, and let us show you how changes in your landscaping can save you money, time, and our most precious resource: water.

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