As residents of Del Mar we need to reduce our water use in order to maintain our coastal community’s water supply reserves.
One of the most effective ways to conserve is by limiting landscape irrigation. According to the city of San Diego more than 50% of residential water use is outdoors. As a community we can limit the times and durations that we water our landscape.
Here are some tips that will make your lawn and shrub watering more efficient:
1- Choose plants that are native to Southern California:
You will be surprised at the variety of plants, trees and shrubs that are drought resistant and native to California. Scarlet Bugler, Douglas Iris, Deergrass and Hummingbird Sage are just a few of our region’s native and drought tolerant plants.
2- Minimize Slopes:
To minimize water runoffs consider using plants that have deeper roots. Some of these are also native plants, such as Coyote Brush. You can also place rocks or permanent fixtures around the plants in order to trap water. Another solution is to professionally reslope your yard.
3- Say Goodbye to the Lawn:
You most likely don’t need your whole lawn. Minimizing the lawn area can drastically lower your water use. However, If you really need a lawn, you can plant types of grass that are more drought-resistant. Bermudagrass, St. Augustine, Zoysia and Buffalo grass are just a few examples.
4- Mulch up:
Although it needs to be replaced on a regular basis, mulch can help save water by keeping soil cool, reducing evaporation and helping roots stay healthy.
5- Efficient Watering:
Water less frequently, at appropriate times and at a slower rate to allow the water to be absorbed more efficiently. Also, apply water more slowly by installing a water efficient drip irrigation system.
Below we have provided you with a link to a Landscape Watering Calculator. This is an easy-to-use tool that helps you estimate the right amount of water to give your landscape or garden.