As summer is already upon us, it is a good idea for residents to assess their landscaping needs and determine if their landscaping meets their community’s HOA’s guidelines, while simultaneously being cognizant of water conservation. This is especially important due to California’s ongoing drought problem.
Here are some helpful summer landscaping tips for residents to follow:
When it comes to the larger surface areas of your landscaping, it is wise to think about investing in more hardscape. This can be anything from utilizing pavers, stamped concrete, or merely just laying down a concrete slab. You then can accent your landscape by placing terra cotta pots with seasonal florals and greenery. Depending on your budget, it may seem expensive initially to have something such as stamped concrete placed in your yard, but through time, it will be more eco-friendly because it will obviously require less water to maintain. Another option is using more decorative stones and pebbles for ground cover. Many creative possibilities exist for attaining an aesthetically pleasing landscape.
Selecting Native Plants
In selecting the type of plants to go into your landscape, take the time to do your research and choose plants that are appropriate for your specific climate and soil within your property, which will allow your plants to easily thrive in their natural environment. Selecting these native plants not only requires less water maintenance, but also promotes sustainability for your property to utilize drought-resistant plants.
Check Your Water Irrigation System
It is essential that you check for improper leaks in your sprinkler system that may lead to excessive water usage. Work with your landscaper or make sure that your irrigation system is targeted to directly water your greenery and plants and not misdirected to areas that do not need watering. Converting to an eco-friendly irrigation system can also be beneficial for water preservation. This can include installing automated sprayhead irrigators with standard nozzles, creating a fine mist, which allows for more water coverage while utilizing less water consumption. Also, using drip irrigators such as a rotating sprayhead nozzle will be one of the most efficient options for California landscapes. A water conservation tip is to schedule your irrigation system to water during sunrise or sunset because soil absorbs the most water during lower temperatures.
In summary, your HOA would be pleased for their residents to follow some of these helpful water conservation tips. In addition, following some of the other suggestions will be extremely advantageous in continuing to maintain and improve the value of your home and your neighborhood.
When seeking a reputable HOA Management Company that can advise you on proper landscaping guidelines and assist in your property management needs, contact Atlantic & Pacific Management at (858) 672-3100 or visit aphoamgmt.com.