Is Your Landscape Provider Conserving Water?
Monday, June 30, 2014
by: Craig Mohns, Vice President, Benchmark Landscape, Inc.

Section: Leadership Spotlight

Water conservation is a key factor in a successful, sustainable landscape in Southern California.  It is possible to reduce water usage while still maintaining the beauty and value of your property. Using a combination of smart, water-wise plant choices, efficient irrigation systems and proper maintenance techniques, your landscape can continue to flourish.

Irrigation systems are the life blood of your landscape.

It all starts with knowledge; knowledge of our current water usage and the desire to reduce. It’s important to monitor water usage regularly. Season’s and weather patterns change. So should your watering schedules. Better yet, have a weather-based controller installed that adjusts automatically. Technology has made huge strides over the years. Why not catch up to it if you haven’t already?

Irrigation systems are the life blood of your landscape. Sure, we all love to look at the beautiful plant material. But your irrigation system is what keeps them all alive. Without a properly designed & installed system, your plants may not fare well through certain times of the year.

A shift has been on for a while now to go with plant material that requires less water. After all, San Diego isn’t getting a lot of rain these days, are we? With a shortage of water, we all need to do our part to reduce consumption. There are some awesome plant choices to consider for a more drought tolerant plant palette. There are many great succulents and ornamental grasses to  choose from.  It’s a misconception that all drought tolerant plants are only cactus. As with irrigation, plant material varieties have come a long ways, too.  

Lastly, companies that incorporate smart horticultural maintenance practices will always shine through. This isn’t rocket science, but it does take a company that knows what it’s doing horticultural – wise to get the job done at a high level.