GARDEN BLOG

Don’t Throw the Baby Out With the Bath Water

We at Gardenworks believe that landscapes and gardens are an investment in one’s property that adds substantial value both in dollars and aesthetics. In fact a Gallop survey concluded that Landscaping can add between 7% and 15% to a home’s value.

Sometimes this message seems to be lost amid the reaction to the current drought. It shouldn’t be. Your garden and landscape add value to your surroundings and to your community as well. Landscapes pump out oxygen, serve as wildlife habitat, prevent erosion, keep dust down, reduce the heat signature from concrete, buildings and asphalt. Many of them are just really darn beautiful as well. Most people take pride in that investment and are looking for ways to cut back their water use and still retain the value as well as much of the aesthetics during periods of drought. All of the landscapes Gardenworks has created and managed over the years were designed and are taken care of to meet water conservation standards. It is what we do, and what we’ve always done.

The current drought is serious, but so far manageable, if you want to protect the investment you have in your property. There are many tips in many places. One such place is on the Environmental Protection Agency website. The EPA site has many tips and suggestions for both outdoor and indoor water savings and efficiencies. Gardenworks website is also filled with tips and ideas and our team is available by phone or email to answer any questions or provide suggestions for ways you can conserve, scale back, and still protect your landscape investment. Please let us help!

Here are some irrigation tips for the current drought situation:

Water only when needed – by knowing how much water your plants need, you can apply the correct amount.
Adjust your irrigation controller – based upon local restrictions, to meet a water budget, time of year. Do not just turn it on and off.
Install a rain shut off device – a lot of water can be saved by not watering during rain events in certain seasons.
Sprinklers must have head-to-head coverage – water from one sprinkler must reach its closest neighbors and vice-versa.
Irrigate early in the morning – avoid wind and evaporation.
Wait to irrigate – look for the first signs of stress and then add water.
No Runoff – it is illegal in the state of California to allow water to run off of your property.
Contact Gardenworks – we will transform your landscape into one that is water wise.