Heaviland Landscape Management is currently bidding on a large homeowners association located in the north inland section of San Diego. This community is currently under construction. When it’s completed there will be close to a hundred brand new million dollar homes. You know what there won’t be? Any turf.
That’s correct. There won’t be any red-apple ground cover or ivy either.
In lieu of slopes of red-apple:
There will be large, mulched slopes with straw wattles to prevent erosion and water runoff:
If post drought landscape was a car it would be a hybrid. And San Diego’s pre-drought landscape could be considered one of those giant, gas guzzling SUVs.
Sprinkler heads are being replaced by drip irrigation. There will be more gravel, decomposed granite and hardscapes and less “tropical” themed landscapes.
Ornamental grasses combined with artificial turf and hardscapes:
Versus old fashioned tropical landscapes:
If you’re starting to think that parts of San Diego County are beginning to resemble Phoenix and Scottsdale, remember that Maricopa County has a great deal more water. The Colorado River crosses the Phoenix area before California gets a chance to even take a sip. And keep in mind that San Diego only receives about two more inches of rainfall per year, compared to Phoenix. Just because it’s cooler, doesn’t make San Diego less of a desert.
Instead of grass areas like the one below:
They’ll be replaced with artificial turf:
And mulched swales:
What’s wrong with turf?
The problem with turf is its root system is shallow – only extending two inches into the soil. The further down a root system goes, the more moisture it can find. Water near the surface evaporates more quickly because it’s exposed to higher temperatures from the atmosphere and sun.
You don’t have to look hard to find the result of the County’s drought restrictions. Previously green neighborhoods now look burnt out and brown. Let’s face it irrigating five minutes at a time, two days a week does not produce a lush environment.
The result of San Diego’s drought restrictions:
Sod won’t be an option in newer neighborhoods because there won’t be adequate water to establish it.
Ornamental grasses are finding a greater place in today’s landscape, because they have a deeper root system, so they require less irrigation and they take up more space in a landscape.
Another change is taking place at entrance areas and monument signs, where flowers and annuals are typically planted.
Instead of this look:
You’ll see more of this:
As you can see the look of the San Diego landscape is changing. Commercial landscape management companies, property, apartment, community association and facility managers seem to be adapting to the County’s low precipitation levels and drought restrictions.
If you would like to reduce your commercial property’s water usage, contact Heaviland Landscape Management today or complete the web form on the right side of this page.