Landscaping for Your Location

by Rowene Hood BRE #00590208 12/22/2019

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When you’re creating a landscaping plan for your home it is essential to design around the local climate and weather patterns. When you opt for plants that thrive in your area, you know they are well equipt to handle the seasonal changes specific to your location. This adaptation makes them easier to care for and less dependent on extra watering. It is especially important to integrate this kind of landscaping when there is some level of drought occurring where you live. 

What to Keep

Drought tolerant landscaping is a beautiful way to save on water usage. The good news is that creating a more drought-tolerant yard doesn't necessarily mean removing all of the plantings you currently have. 

Large trees are a great asset, plan on keeping those. Well placed trees provide shade for your home and garden which can be an energy saver all year long. Shade trees also allow a diverse variety of plants to grow comfortably and provides nesting habitat for birds and other native wildlife. 

A drought-tolerant landscape typically includes little to no grass. Grass requires regular watering to keep it green and thriving. Lawn watering can be expensive and seasonally limited by the town or city where you reside. Opting to replace even a section of your lawn with a rock garden or wildflowers is guaranteed to reduce your water bill.

What to Add

Focus on plants local to your area. These plants have evolved to handle the local climate and will have the best chance of growing with little to no input from you. In general, using rocks or wood pellets instead of grass for ground covering will serve you well. Try lava rock to cut down on erosion and help the soil retain more water. Install ground cloth under the rock bed or add mulch to curb weed growth and protect your native plants from insects. For an added boost for your plantings, add compost to your soil before the mulch.

Irrigation

An irrigation system could be a helpful addition to your landscape because it allows you to control where and how much you’re watering. If you have an irrigation system in place be sure to have it serviced regularly, especially if you have made changes to the plantings or green areas in your yard. 

If you’re considering installing a new system, an efficient option is a grey-water system. Grey-water irrigation allows for the reuse of water from your in-home sinks, washing machines, showers, and bathtubs to water your plants.

The right landscaping can boost your curb appeal and property value to the next level. Ask your real estate agent for their advice and professional landscaper recommendations in your area.

About the Author
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Rowene Hood BRE #00590208

Working with me I have been told is a pleasure because my clients come first and foremost. Whether it is in the Real Estate field finding that special home for that special individual or in my favorite volunteer position that I have worked for the last 15 years. Finding your requirements likes and dislikes in a home is very important, as when I am collecting donations from local grocery markets and delivering the foods, drinks, and meals to people of need. Senior Citizens and families are an important group in my years of experience.

My favorite person to play and enjoy outings with is my little grandson. watching our young persons play and discover life is a thrill. Being a family Mom is a totally precious treasure in my life.

My Experience

  • Broker-Assoicate at C21 Real Estate Alliance
  • Silicon Valley Association of Realtor
  • Naional Associate of Realtors
  • Naional Associate of Realtors
  • Referral Realty Campbell, California
  • Referral Realty Sunnyvale, California

My Community Involvement

  • Los Gatos Senior Citizen Nutrition Center - Live Oak
  • Our Daily Bread - St. Thomas Donation Center-Sunnyvale, Ca.