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Creating a Drought-Friendly Landscape for Your California Home

California's vibrant landscape is a major draw for residents and visitors alike. But with the state facing frequent droughts, it's more important than ever to conserve water. One way to do that is to create a drought-friendly landscape for your home.

Drought-friendly landscaping uses plants that require little water to thrive. This can save you money on your water bill and help to preserve California's precious water resources.



In addition to the environmental benefits, drought-friendly landscaping can also:

  • Increase your home's curb appeal

  • Reduce maintenance requirements

  • Create a more fire-resistant landscape

California's Droughts

California has a long history of droughts. The state's most recent drought began in 2012 and lasted until 2016. During that time, the state imposed mandatory water restrictions on residents and businesses.


Droughts are expected to become more common in California as the climate changes. That's why it's important to take steps now to conserve water.


Drought-Friendly Landscaping Incentives

Many counties in California offer incentives to residents who create drought-friendly landscapes. These incentives can include rebates on the purchase of drought-resistant plants, discounts on water bills, and free water-efficient landscaping consultations.


To find out what incentives are available in your area, contact your local water district or government office.


How to Create a Drought-Friendly Landscape

There are many things you can do to create a drought-friendly landscape. Here are a few tips:


  • Reduce your lawn.  Lawns are one of the biggest water users in a typical landscape. Consider replacing some of your lawn with drought-tolerant plants or hardscaping elements, such as patios or walkways.

  • Use drought-tolerant plants. There are many beautiful plants that thrive in California's dry climate. Some popular choices include succulents, cacti, California native plants, and perennials.

  • Plant densely. Planting flowers and shrubs close together can help to shade the soil and prevent it from drying out.

  • Use mulch. Mulch helps to retain moisture in the soil and suppress weeds.

  • Install a drip irrigation system. Drip irrigation systems deliver water directly to the roots of plants, where it is most needed. This can save you up to 50% on your water bill.

For a more detailed look at how to create a drought-friendly landscape, check out the video above. Drought-friendly landscaping is a great way to conserve water, save money, and create a beautiful and sustainable landscape for your California home.


I'd Love to Hear Your Thoughts!

I hope this article has inspired you to create a drought-friendly landscape for your home. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. And be sure to subscribe to my blog for more informative and entertaining real estate content..

Let me know in the comments what drought-resistant plants you love and why! I'd also love to hear about any incentives you've taken advantage of in your area.

Thanks for reading!


 

About the Author


Frank Garay is a distinguished figure in the mortgage industry, with a career that began in 1987 and spans several decades of exceptional service. He co-founded the National Real Estate Post in 2009, a video blog that quickly amassed over 250,000 subscribers, becoming a staple for real estate professionals nationwide. In 2010, Frank was honored as one of the Inman 100, marking him as one of the most influential people in real estate.


Frank's expertise has also been showcased on national television, where he has been a featured guest on the Fox News show "After the Bell." His insights on real estate and mortgage trends during these appearances have solidified his reputation as a trusted industry expert.


Currently, Frank leads Mortgage Masters of California, where his deep market knowledge continues to drive success. He also hosts the Loan Officer Breakfast Club, a thriving platform for mortgage originators to connect and learn.


If you have any real estate or mortgage needs, do not hesitate to reach out to Frank Garay. His vast experience and proven leadership make him an invaluable resource for navigating the complexities of the housing market. Connect with Frank for expert guidance and superior mortgage solutions.


Reach out to Frank Garay at 707-695-6313, for your real estate and mortgage needs and experience the difference that expert advice can make.


 


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