Perhaps the most important item is to start with a well designed landscape which can support sustainable principles. Reducing the size of your lawn and using native and drought-tolerant plants are the most commonly sited recommendations. Both can make a huge difference in the amount of water your landscape consumes, however, we recognize that changing to buffalo grass or sedge lawn does not work for every situation, nor will every plant in your dream garden have sustainability superpower. We strive to help our customers find the perfect mix. Wide blade turf grasses when mowed higher can be a viable alternative due to their deep root structure and ability to minimize evapotranspiration, both of which make them more tolerant to drought spells. A mix of ornamental & native plants can be used effectively if all of the selected plants have similar watering & feeding requirements.
The second (and likely most valuable) way that Paysage can help homeowners meet the requirements of this new ordinance is through our newly launched Water Conservation Department. Paysage's owner and irrigation employees have been studying water wise irrigation and using smart irrigation products for quite some time, but now we are seeking official certification. In January 2010, two of our employees passed a written exam to become provisionally certified Water Managers through the California Landscpe Contractors Association. Paysage's Water Conservation Department can assess your current landscape irrigation or provide you with an irrigation plan for a landscape to-be-constructed. Using a weather based irrigation controller combined with water wise sprinklers and drip emitters can make a big difference all by itself. Simply having a skilled irrigation technician monitoring your system for leaks and inefficiencies can help as well.
And, if you're not ready for either a irrigation or landscape overhaul, there are even smaller treatments you may be interested in for your yard. Aerating your lawn can help the water infiltrate deeper into the soil. Mowing grass higher promotes deeper root growth and helps the soil retain moisture. Heavily mulching all flower and soil beds will also help keep water from evaporating so quickly. Finding an appropriate reduced watering schedule can also help reduce growth spurts and, in turn, your garden will produce less green waste. The eco-friendly changes you can make for your landscape are plentiful, and we believe now is the time to get started. Whether or not you are affected by the new law, why not make your landscape water-wise and sustainable? It's good for your wallet and good for the world.