If you are looking to redo your yard in southern California, it is time to start thinking about drought friendly landscapes.

Everyone was looking forward to El Nino and hoping that it would fix the drought issues there.  Well, it didn’t happen.  And quite frankly if we have 5 years of El Nino in a row it still wouldn’t fix our drought issues. The water companies have made it clean it isn’t a matter of if, but rather when all Southern Californians will be faced with even higher water bills unless they drastically reduce their water usage.

Things to consider:

  1. You may want to consider getting turf. I know most of you are going to freak out about having plastic grass, but these days it looks real (more real that it did) and it doesn’t get super hot in the sun like it used to.  Try calling your local turf company to get a quote.
  2. Have a representative from your water company come out and give you an idea on water saving tips and figure your water usage.  If the new pricing is going to raise your prices beyond what you are willing to spend. Then ask if they have a local landscaping company to come help you.
  3. Search Google for a local landscape design company. They will be able to help you make your ideas for a dream yard come true along with one that will save you money.  They will be able to help you find plants that are local to your region, so if you are in southern California you won’t be selecting plants that are happy in a rain forrest. Drought friendly plants are cactus and desert plants.  There are beautiful trees and plants that are native to areas that do not get much rain.
  4. Make sure you like the designer and the person installing your plants and landscaping, because you will be spending a lot of time and money with them. Jerry Brown declared the drought was over and that certainly wasn’t the case.  The LA times posted an article that indicated that the western part of the US could be in a drought for the rest of this century.  That’s a long time. As the population in California increases and the La Nina years come that follow El Nino – we are going to really have to figure out how to reduce water costs and landscaping with turf and drought friendly plants are probably going to be mandatory. Continue reading “Landscaping”

Save Money by Planting Trees

Your trees are an important part of your lawn. They not only give shade and comfort to your household and add worth to your residence, they provide an essential cost-savings chance. “You could considerably minimize your cooling and heating bills by planting trees and taking care of them,” states Bayer Advanced ™ Yard Expert Lance Walheim, a best-selling author and also normal contributor to Sundown magazine.

treeplacement2Attempt this examination: Stroll through the timbers on a hot day. Notice how much cooler it is? Leaves block sunlight. Take the exact same walk in the winter season. It feels warmer because the trees, now without their fallen leaves, enable sunlight to pass through, while the trunks as well as limbs function as a wind-breaker, thereby reducing windchill.

Based on the Colorado State University Cooperative Expansion, your wintertime home heating costs could possibly be minimized by as much as 25 percent and summertime cooling costs by 50 percent if you put trees in the most effective places around your residence.

The east and west sides are crucial to shade because of the path of the sunlight. Aim to maintain the south side of your residence unshaded so winter sunlight can warm up the house during the cooler months.

The ideal shade tree is about 25- to 50-feet high with a huge cover. A tree that dimension will partially shade the roofing of a one-story house yet will certainly not get too large for a lot of buildings. You wish to grow your trees at the very least 10 feet from the foundation to stop roots from breaking through. Plant trees further from your house to stay clear of ruining it in a storm. Your residence and yard facility can advise proper tree types for your landscape.

Exactly how do you keep your trees around for many years? The trick is preventing troubles. Pests damage more trees every year compared to wildfires. You can shield your trees from bugs using Bayer Advanced Tree & Shrub Insect Control with Merit®. Mix it in a watering can and pour at the base of the tree. It’s taken in through the roots and systemically moves with the tree, eliminating Japanese beetles, aphids, the Emerald Ash Borer, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid as well as other listed insects. One application lasts approximately 12 months- longer compared to other items.