Drought Tolerant Landscaping Los Angeles
- Drought Tolerant Landscaping
A drought tolerant garden saves water, money, and labor. It's better for the environment, reduces energy consumption, protects against wildfires and a lot more.
To view our portfolio of residential, commercial, drought tolerant and hardscape designs, please visit our Landscaping Projects page.
Whether it's a residential or commercial project or a public property, Garden of Eva Landscape Design Group offers California native and drought-tolerant designs (also known as Xeriscape), re-vegetation and restoration landscape designs, Eco-friendly irrigation and water retention systems as well as landscape management and maintenance plans.
In addition, as a California-licensed, bonded and insured landscape contractor, we build everything we design. This guarantees our client's projects are built to the highest standards possible and for the lowest possible price.
Xeriscape & Native Landscapes
The concept of Xeriscape design is based on the conservation of water and the use of natural materials and plant species that are drought tolerant and sustainable given their environment. It Involves:
- careful planning and design
- soil improvement using organic matter to increase moisture content
- turf management, using minimal turf areas or low-water turf varieties
- drought-tolerant or native plant selection and their grouping in specific areas requiring the same watering needs
- efficient irrigation practices, such as "smart systems" that recognize moisture content or drip systems that lessen evaporation
- use of mulches: organic (compost, wood chips, bark, etc.) or others such as gravels, cobbles or decomposed granite
- on-going garden maintenance to ensure long-term health and appearance
There are two approaches when it comes to the use of water, use it more efficiently and create alternative sources. When combined they can save you money and be immensely effective in cutting down on the use of our potable water resources.
Here is a list of the water reduction and long-term money saving products currently available. When used in combination, the water and financial savings become even greater.
- Rotary Nozzles - (15-45% water savings)
- High Efficiency Nozzles (30% water savings)
- Above Ground Landscape Drip (30-50% less water than sprinklers)
- Sub-Surface Capillary Irrigation Systems (50% water savings)
- Wireless Water Sensors & Control Valves (60% water savings) The sensors analyze soil moisture and temperature and determine when and how long to water
Rain & Graywater Collection
These are two sources of water that are free and available to every home owner.
Rainwater: Rainwater collection is as old a civilization itself and if you have a roof and gutters can be easily and inexpensively installed. And for every square-foot of roof and inch of rain, .623 gallons of water can be collected. The products on the market provide the following:
- Collect rainwater from downspouts
- Clean and filter rainwater by removing most of the debris and contaminants
- Connect to a majority of hoses for immediate use in the garden or for collection in rain barrels and cisterns
Graywater: Graywater is water that comes from baths, showers, hand basins and washing machines only — not the toilet or the dishwasher. If a graywater system is to be employed, it is crucial to use all-natural, biodegradable soaps whose ingredients do not harm plants. Most powdered detergents, and some liquid detergents, are sodium-based, which can inhibit seed-germination and destroy the structure of clay soils. The products on the market do the following:
- Connect to the pipes leading from the bathtub, shower and hand basin
- Filter the water of contaminants
- Connect to collection barrels and cisterns
California Drought Information
Please see the following PDF downloads and links for information that will help you save water, save money and help turn water-guzzling landscapes into beautiful, drought-tolerant "green" Xeriscape.
Blog and Newsletter Links
For information on sustainable landscape design, water management and plant selection, here are links to articles I've written on the subject: