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Living in San Diego is amazing. We have the best weather in the world. For those of you who like putzing around in the garden, you will be able to do so year-round. If you own your home, there are many drought tolerant landscaping ideas that you can find by either searching online or by simply walking around different neighborhoods in San Diego. More and more people are turning to maintenance free yards because of the water shortage that has been going on in Southern California for several years.
Backyard Grass Alternatives
“Fake grass” aka synthetic grass is an alternative. Although, it can be very expensive to install, depending on the size of your backyard. It is marketed as kid friendly and pet-friendly. Although, I would not recommend it if you have dogs. I tried it once and eventually had to remove it because the odor of the urine became unbearable. Even though we hosed it down after our dogs relieved themselves on it, the smell always lingered. Another low water landscape idea would be to either add river rocks throughout, DG and or pavers. This would help with the creation of your indoor outdoor living that Southern California is known for. You can then add some out door furniture and create your own little oasis.
What To Plant Instead Of GrassOnce you’ve decided on whether to do DG, river rocks or pavers, it is now time to plant a few things as to add some greenery. It is always nice to have a few organic fruit trees around. Here are a few of my favorite trees that I have planted in my backyard that are easy to grow and go with your maintenance free yard. Although they are not drought tolerant in the beginning stages of their lives, if planted correctly, they will develop quickly and you won’t have to water as much once mature. Keep in mind that all of these trees can be dwarfed so they don’t take up all of your front or backyard.
- Lemon Tree
- Orange Tree
- Peach Tree
- Avocado Tree- not drought by a must have for me:-)
Drought Tolerant Landscaping Ideas
For those of you with smaller spaces, there is another great alternative. Having a hydroponic garden in a small area of the yard is always a great thing to have. With minimum effort, you can harvest, kale, chard, basil, peppers, tomatoes and so many more vegetables that will be right at your fingertips.
For more information on Hydroponic Gardening, this is a good place to start. They are located in Leucadia CA and they are great guys.
The initial idea of tearing out the grass in your back or front yard may make you tired but don’t let stop you from the endeavor. There are different approaches you can take for doing this task. Of course, you can always do it yourself but why not get help. Maybe you can get the family involved. It is a nice way to spend quality time. Or, how about inviting friends over and having several shovels ready to start digging. You can have a catering service come by a few hours later and feed everyone. Or, you can completely hire it out. However you decide to do it, just do it. You will be happy when you receive your water bill every two months and you will be doing your part to using less water.
If you need help finding a home so that you can put your drought tolerant ideas to work, the McT Real Estate Group is here to help you find that very home. Contact us right away.