As we all look for new ways to manage water resources in California, homeowners are turning more to drought-friendly landscaping. Homeowners are opting to get rid of their water-intensive lawns and gardens and design a more environmentally-friendly yard. Drought-friendly landscape ideas aren’t just good for the planet, they require less work and cost less to maintain. Those savings are very attractive to homebuyers and will ultimately help increase the value of your home.
If you are considering a drought-friendly landscape, here are some ways to do it:
Consider Containers: If you have a favorite flower or plant that requires a lot of watering, rather than planting it in your yard, consider a container. Containers are a great way to add a few of the plants you love while also making sure you use your water strategically. Container plants can be water sparingly and do not ever waste water the way an irrigated garden bed does.
Add Some Hardscaping: Hardscaping is a great way to upgrade your yard that does not require any watering. Hardscaping can be anything from adding patio pavers to gravel and sand areas to large rocks. These features add architectural interest, give you new ways to use your yard, and can highlight your garden beds.
Provide Shade: Shade helps protect against water evaporation in your yard. Planting a few trees, tall shrubs, or even adding shade with a pergola or awning can help reduce your water use. Adding shade also makes your backyard more enjoyable on hot days.
These ideas will get you started. If you are looking to buy a new home with a drought-friendly yard, talk to an Aspire LA agent.