Reducing our water needs in southern California is one of the state’s greatest challenges. Read below on ways you can save water now.
In Your Backyard – Water Conservation Starts with Xeriscaping!
A-1 is southern California’s premiere xeriscaping company. We serve clients in all major cities including La Jolla, San Diego, San Marcos, Vista, Temecula, Murrieta, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Canyon Lakes and other cities and communities throughout Riverside County and San Diego County.
If you’re interested in learning how to conserve water, lower your water bill through the use of efficient watering systems, or how to incorporate xeriscapes and low-water healthy plants into your yard, then come to one of our xeriscape demonstrations! We’ll teach you all about native Californian plants which use practically no water yet look lush and tropical.
We’ll also show you how to use water wisely for garden and lawn waterings that not only help protect the environment, but also saves money and provides for optimum growing conditions. Simple ways of reducing the amount of water used for irrigation include growing xeriphytic species (plants that are adapted to dry conditions), mulching, adding water retaining organic matter to the soil, using the right kind of sprinkler head, and installing windbreaks and fences to slow winds and reduce evapotranspiration.
Watering in the early morning before the sun is intense helps reduce the water lost from evaporation. Installing rain gutters and collecting water from downspouts also helps reduce water use. Throughout 2013, we’re offering a FREE water assessment. We’ll check your sprinklers and irrigation system and tell you ways you can save money by reducing water needs. Call us today for an appointment.
Plant Needs for Water
Water is a critical component of photosynthesis, the process by which plants manufacture their own food from carbon dioxide and water in the presence of light. Water is one of the many factors that can limit plant growth. Other important factors include nutrients, temperature, and amount and duration light.
Plants take in carbon dioxide through their stomata — microscopic openings on the undersides of leaves. Water is also lost through the stomata in the process called transpiration. Transpiration, along with evaporation from the soil surface, accounts for the moisture lost from the soil.
When there is a lack of water in the plant tissue, the stomata close to try to limit water loss. Wilting occurs when the tissues lose too much water. Plants adapted to dry conditions have developed numerous mechanisms for reducing water loss, including narrow leaves, hairy leaves, and thick fleshy stems and leaves. Pines, hemlocks, and junipers are also well adapted to survive extended periods of dry conditions which they encounter each winter when the frozen soil prevents the uptake of water. Cacti, with leaves reduced to spines and having thick stems, are the best example of plants well adapted to extremely dry environments. See this article for more plant choices.
Choosing Plants for Low Water Use
You are not limited to cacti, succulents, or narrow leafed evergreens when selecting low water plants. Call us for more information at 951-837-8420.
To learn how to be more water-wise in California, visit the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s website.
A-1 is a proud Advisory Board Member with Rancho Water District, an elite panel of distinguished businesses that are reshaping California’s water use through smart landscaping choices.