Several West Hills property owners are finding innovative ways to conserve water. But rental properties also need to have attractive landscaping to maintain value and curb appeal. These may seem like competing priorities, but with careful planning, it is possible to both save water and have an attractive yard. There are several ways that you can conserve water on your landscaping this spring.
One of the quickest ways to conserve water on your landscaping is to change how you water your existing trees and plants. The concept behind good water conservation is to water more efficiently. Leaking sprinkler systems or inefficient sprinkler heads can waste loads of water in the long run, so it’s ideal to have your system inspected and maintained from year to year. Another key factor of efficient watering is to direct the water to the roots rather than spraying it into the air. Installing drip heads can help deliver water to trees and plants more efficiently, saving how much water you need to keep your plants green and healthy.
Another important part of using water efficiently is to water your landscaping the right amount and at the right time of day. Many experts suggest watering your lawn and other plants deeply, but just a few times a week. This will help encourage your plants to grow deep roots that can withstand harsh weather conditions. Moreover, it is imperative to time your watering for optimal absorption. In some areas, before sunrise is the safest time to water to guarantee that the moisture is not evaporating into the air.
If you found that your West Hills properties are still using too much water, there are other strategies you can utilize. Be sure that the grass and plants used in your landscaping are native to the area. Native trees, shrubs, and grass varieties use less water because these plants are already suited well to thrive in your particular climate. If you’re unsure, you can visit the USDA website to determine your planting zone and a list of plants that will enhance your rental’s yard while needing less water.
Using native plants is another xeriscaping principle, a method of landscaping that focuses on reducing water use. Even though you don’t want to install a desert landscape into your rental property, you can still use some of the most beneficial xeriscaping aspects. Try reducing the size of your rental property’s lawn. If your property consists of large grass areas, you can considerably conserve water use by making the lawn smaller. Creative ways to do so include adding flower beds around the house or along walkways or fences. These areas can then be covered with mulch or even ground covers to help retain water in the soil, discourage weeds, and give the landscaping a clean, professional look.
By using a combination of innovative strategies, you can maintain your West Hills rental property’s landscaping looking clean and attractive while conserving water in one go. By consuming less water, you can not only save money on your utility bills but also discover a whole new market for your environmentally-friendly rental house. While some of these strategies can take some time and research, the results are certainly worth it.
Need more guidance on landscaping? Has maintenance become overwhelming? Real Property Management West San Fernando Valley has a full staff of West Hills property managers ready to take over for you. For more information, contact us online or call us at 818-727-0100.
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