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Some Outdoor Water Conservation Tips to Help LA Homeowners Reduce Water Use and WasteWater conservation is a priority in a drought-prone region like Los Angeles. In the state of California, outdoor water use accounts for between 50 to 70 percent of all household water use. Area homeowners are always looking for ways to minimize water use and limit waste (as well as lower their sky-high water bills).

Reducing outdoor water use isn’t very hard – even the simplest changes in your lawn care routine can reduce your water use by hundreds of gallons a year. Here are a few tips on how to reduce outdoor water use, save a little money, and still have a nice-looking yard:

  • Water your lawns in the early part of the day when temperatures are lower – the best times are before 8 am. The cooler temperatures reduce the rate of evaporation, giving your plants more time to soak up the water. To determine if your plants need some water, dig down at least four inches to check for moisture. If the ground feels dry, it’s probably time to give your plants a drink of water. Group plants with similar water need together to help avoid overwatering/underwatering. Don’t apply more water than your soil can absorb.
  • Spreading organic mulches and wood chips around your plants and trees helps them retain moisture. Grass shavings help retain moisture, too. Weed your lawns and gardens on a regular basis; weeds compete with the other plants for water.
  • Use a broom instead of the hose to clear debris from your driveway, patio, sidewalks, walkways, etc. This can save up to 100 gallons of water a year. Bathe your pets outdoors in an area of the yard that needs some water. Have an aquarium? Recycle the nutrient-rich water by giving it to your plants. Set your mower blades to 3″ to encourage deeper root growth
  • Equip any fountains, swimming pools, or ponds with recirculating pumps. Avoid waterfalls and fountains; aeration increases the rate of evaporation. Use a pool cover to reduce water loss due to evaporation. Check outdoor faucets, pipes, and hoses for leaks. Install gutters and downspouts to collect runoff from your roof to use to water your plants.
  • You don’t need a lot of water to have a lush, beautiful yard. Consider xeriscaping – landscaping that requires little or no water. There are many species of plants and trees that do well in low water conditions – a lot of them are native to the region. If you’re really serious about conserving water, you might want to consider replacing your natural lawn with artificial turf.

You Don’t Need a Lot of Water to Have a Beautiful Landscaping Around Your Home

It’s possible to maintain a lush, beautiful landscape around your home without using a lot of water. Let Gutierrez & Sons Landscaping show you how. We’ve been providing high-quality landscaping services to Los Angeles homes and businesses for over 25 years. Our knowledgeable landscaping experts are familiar with California’s hot, dry climate and can help you select the plants, trees, and hardscapes to achieve your vision of the perfect drought-resistant, water-conserving landscape.

You can contact Gutierrez & Sons Landscaping through our website or call us at (310) 324-6593 to schedule a visit from one of our LA landscaping professionals.