While the California drought has improved significantly over the last year, it’s more important now than ever to implement eco-friendly solutions when taking care of your lawn. Along with this improvement, homeowners should strive to continue eco-friendly lawns should the drought become a problem again. By following these 7 simple steps, you can help the environment and keep your lawn looking beautiful all year-round.
- Grow native plants
Plants that are native to Southern California, like succulents, agave, and wild rye, are perfect to include in gardens and flower beds to help lower water bills. Many plants that are native to this region of the country successfully grow in full sun exposure and need very little water to stay alive, so they can be a great addition to any lawn.
- Water correctly
With summer temperatures soaring in the mid-afternoon, the best time to water your lawn is in the early morning or late night. The ideal time to water your plants is between 6 and 10 AM as less moisture will be evaporated than in the afternoon. Watering the bases of plants will also make for more effective watering and an inch of water per week will help grass lawns stay greener and more eco-friendly.
- Consider composting
Composting can be one of the best ways to recycle and give back to the environment. If you’re not familiar with the term, composting involves saving kitchen scraps and using them to enrich your garden’s soil. This practice helps reduce the use of potentially harmful chemical fertilizers and can improve overall water retention. The practice of composting can take a bit to get used to, but you can be confident that over time you will help give back to the environment.
- Invest in solar lighting
Outdoor lighting will help illuminate your yard and give your home more curb appeal. With an incredible increase in solar-paneled lighting options, there is no reason not to invest in this energy-saving resource. Save on your electricity bill, help the environment, and make your yard beautiful by installing solar-paneled lighting throughout your backyard. Another benefit of solar lighting: no wires or extension cords. Let the shining California sun keep your yard illuminated at all times of the day.
- Minimize your lawn
Even though winter rainstorms from the early months of the year helped California nearly escape the 5-year-long drought, it is important to continue focusing on water conservations efforts. Making changes in your yard can help limit the amount of water you use every year. We don’t mean get rid of trees or environmentally-friendly plants, but decreasing the square footage of green lawn around your yard will make your yard more eco-friendly. Try replacing these spots with flower beds full of native Southern California plants to help improve your impact on the environment.
- Mulch leaves in the fall
Fortunately in Southern California, we can avoid the hours it takes to rake lawns in other parts of the country during the fall season. We are still susceptible, however, to a small amount of fallen leaves when the seasons begin to change. Instead of raking and bagging these dead leaves, use a mulching lawn mower to cut these leaves into small pieces. Mulched leaves will help add nutrients back into your lawn’s soil and keep your yard healthy through the winter months.
- Encourage pollination
With the population of pollinators, like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, on the decline, it is more important now than ever to encourage pollination in your yard. Planting native plants that vary in color and shape will attract these pollinators year-round, especially if these plants need pollination in different seasons.
Making these small changes to your lawn and flower beds can help reduce your negative impact on the environment. Through saving water, energy, and growing plants that help the environment, your lawn can be both beautiful and eco-friendly. As one of Southern California’s top landscaping experts. Solscapes can create a beautifully designed landscape that is both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sound. For more information about the services we provide, take a look at our landscaping services or give us a call today!