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Cantor’s Corner: Save Water with Xeriscaping in San Diego

by Gregg Cantor
Co-Host and Resident Expert, Home Pro Show
President, Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
Xeriscaping in San Diego by Landscape Logic

Xeriscaping in San Diego by Landscape Logic

With San Diego in a historic drought, water conservation is a hot topic. Landscaping maintenance can be one of the biggest water-related usages, so xeriscaping is something all homeowners should consider.

What is xeriscaping?

There may be some confusion about what exactly xeriscaping is. Often incorrectly called zero-scaping or xeroscaping, xeriscaping is:

“a landscaping method developed especially for arid and semiarid climates that utilizes water-conserving techniques (as the use of drought-tolerant plants, mulch, and efficient irrigation)”

Xeriscaping in San Diego can help cut back on water usage

Wasting water, overuse or watering outside of pre-designated times can lead to fines of up to $200 per day. Xeriscaping can be a great solution, given San Diego’s semiarid climate. Your home doesn’t have to look like the desert or a rock quarry. There are plenty of plants, shrubs and ground coverings to choose from if you prefer more of a natural, Southern California look.

Getting started with xeriscaping:

  • Replacing natural lawns with synthetic turf.  There are even rebates of up to $3 per square foot offered if you replace natural sod. Synthetic turf has come a long way; now it’s hard to tell the difference.
  • Install drip lines, low flow sprinkler heads and multi-programmable time clocks to keep water usage down and comply with city requirements.
  • Use mulch in planters and slopes.  Mulch keeps moisture in, maintains temperature and helps avoid erosion.
  • Amend soils and check PH and phosphorous levels annually. Ideal soil mixtures drain quickly while storing water at the same time.
  • Choose drought tolerant ground cover and plants like succulents.


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