Drought Tolerant Landscaping
A Drought Tolerant Landscape or a “California-friendly landscape” has drought tolerant plants that are native to Southern California, and require very little water to thrive once established.
These landscapes can be lush and beautiful but keep in mind that your new yard will require some maintenance and will take time to grow to full maturity.
If you’re interested in a drought tolerant landscape, let us know, and we’ll come do a completely FREE, no obligation consultation for San Diego County residents. Simply contact us.
The Landscaping Process
Where do we begin?
Our process begins with an in-home consultation, with our representative who will evaluate, measure, provide plant options, and note your likes/dislikes for your dream yard. If you are unsure about how you want to design your landscape, our representative can help spark your creativity. Prior to installation an in-person design meeting with our Master Landscaper will be scheduled.
What do our technicians do?
Next is our installation process, which begins with a systematic eradication of your lawn. (You are required to mow the law prior to our lawn-eradication process.) Then our certified landscape technicians spray a chemical reagent, which eradicates the lawn in about two to three weeks. Along with the chemical treatment, our technicians complete a depth edging along sidewalks to keep the soil from the concrete. After you choose from our wide selection of plants, we have them delivered from the nursery to your home for planting.
Learn more at our blog: Easy Ways to Reuse Water from Rain Barrels
After the lawn-eradication process, our landscape technicians deliver and spread the mulch to prepare for planting. At Plant Nativ, mulch is our soil standard because it acts as a natural weed control that reduces your backbreaking hours of pulling out weeds. Mulch is prone to minimal weed growth, so be attentive to your lawn and the weeds will lessen. After the Mulch sets, we implement your choice of an irrigation system – drip or micro-drip – and if you have an irrigation system in place we will retrofit to rotor.
Landscape Care and Maintenance
What do I need to consider?
Watering duration and intervals are dependent on several factors:
– Plant’s Transpiration Rate: all of the plants we use are considered “low” or “very low” water use
– Regional Micro-climate
– Soil Type
– Irrigation Type
– Plants’ Orientation to the Sun
How much water do my plants need?
Evapotranspiration rate (ET) is the amount of water transpired from the plants and evaporated from the soil. Depending on the microclimate the ET will vary which results in how much you water your plants. For example, during the winter season rainfall is greater and the microclimate is cooler, resulting in reduced watering. During the summer season rainfall is less and the microclimate is warmer, resulting in more watering.
How often will I need to water my plants?
Once plants are established: water once every other week during the winter season, once per week during spring and fall, and twice per week during the summer season. It is better to water deeply and less frequently rather than lightly and very often.
Does maintenance vary by season?
During the establishment period we recommend watering: three times per week in the summer; twice per week in spring and fall; and once per week during winter. Additionally, remember to follow mandatory water use restrictions according to your local municipality or water district.
The City of San Diego has a Landscape Watering Schedule Calculator. Visit: http://apps.sandiego.gov/landcalc/restart.do
Drought Tolerant Plants
Height: 2-4 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Low growing succulents. Low water needs. Ideal for steep and rocky slopes.
Height: 2-4 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Aromatic green leaves and multi colored flowers. It can be used as a low hedge. Low water use.
Height: 6-8 ft
Width: 6-8 ft
The California Lilac is a native shrub. It is aromatic and prefers dry arid climates. Low water use.
Height: 3-5 ft
Width: 3-5 ft
Large dense fast growing semi-evergreen. Attractive to butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.
Height: 4-6 ft
Width: 6-12 ft
Dense aromatic evergreen shrub. Often used as hedging. Plant in full sun. Low water use.
Height: 8-10 ft
Width: 6-12 ft
Common Myrtle is an aromatic evergreen shrub with white flowers that attract butterflies.
Height: 2-3 ft
Width: 2-3 ft
Perennial plan. Medium water needs. Plant in a sunny and open position in well-drained soils.
Height: 1-2 ft
Width: 8-10 ft
Low-growing plant. Comes in red, orange, yellow and purple. Low water use.