Southern California’s drought has challenged homeowners to care for their lawns in an environmentally friendly way. With a mandate by the state to cut back on water usage by 25 percent, how do you conserve water while still preserving your home’s curb appeal especially when you’re looking to sell? Work towards a “greener” lawn with the following five tips:
1. Set Up an Irrigation System
Start saving water today by setting up a drip irrigation system for your lawn. Drip irrigation is a more precise way to water your plants because it targets the plant roots. It’s more efficient than other types of irrigation, while also reducing runoff and evaporation.
A smart automatic sprinkler system that adjusts to the current weather conditions can also conserve water — up to 8,800 gallons of water each year. Ask your landscaper about how to aerate the soil, too, which can help you cut down on water usage.
2. Go Green With Less Greenery
Since outdoor landscaping is the largest source of water usage in a typical home, many California homeowners are making over their lawns in favor of xeriscaping, which consists of plants that survive on little water.
You can easily spruce up your lawn with drought-resistant plants that are native to your region, which can reduce water consumption by 60 percent. You can even earn a turf replacement rebate for substituting your lawn with a low-impact, low-maintenance alternative. Drought-resistant plants, including certain grasses, shrubs and succulents, require much less watering and weeding, so start by researching your local native drought-resistant plants.
3. Turn Your Landscape Into a Hardscape
You can transform your yard into a hardscape to cut down on maintenance and water use, and to keep your yard looking attractive. For instance, you can create a Zen garden look by using sand, rocks or crushed shells, or you can incorporate a mix of mulch and rocks. If you want to cover the ground a bit more, flagstone, pavers and brick allow water to soak into the soil, while reducing runoff and erosion.
4. “Plant” Artificial Grass
For those who want to keep up the appearance of a lush green lawn, artificial grass is a perfect alternative. This trend is quickly growing because synthetic turf looks very much like the real thing. There’s no watering, fertilizing or mowing required, but you may have to occasionally weed around its edges, clean off debris and replace the drainage underpad beneath it. Use artificial grass to design a modern lawn or add greenery to a space that’s difficult for real plants to grow.
5. Paint Your Lawn Green
One simple solution to a brown lawn is to paint it green. This option costs less than artificial grass or drought-tolerant landscaping, and a lawn paint job can stay green for as long as three to six months. Find a landscaping or lawn-painting business that specializes in this unique lawn treatment and offers natural, nontoxic paints that won’t harm your lawn or the environment.
While the current drought has Californians scrambling to make greener choices for their landscaping, that doesn’t mean your lawn, or your home’s curb appeal, has to suffer. Do your part in saving the planet — and your lawn — by using these five tips to conserve water and maintain a lawn that attracts potential buyers.