|We work with the Marin Municipal Water District to offer ideas and solutions to your excessively high water bills and to determine the best drought resistant plants for your property.|
Of the tremendous amounts of water applied to lawns and gardens, much of it is never absorbed by the plants and put to use. Some water is lost to runoff by being applied too rapidly, and some water evaporates from exposed, unmulched soil; but, the greatest waste of water is applying too much too often.
In addition to overwatering the plant, excess irrigation can leach nutrients deep into the soil away from plant roots, increasing the chances of polluting groundwater. Similarly, runoff caused by excess irrigation can carry polluting fertilizers and pesticides to streams and lakes. The waste or pollution of high quality water through inefficient irrigation practices can be eliminated through proper watering techniques.
Most lawns receive twice as much water as they require for a healthy appearance. The key to watering lawns is to apply the water infrequently, yet thoroughly. This creates a deep, well-rooted lawn that efficiently uses water stored in the soil.
To know when to water the lawn, simply observe the grass. Wilting and discoloration are signs of water stress. At the first sign of wilting, you have 24 to 48 hours to water before serious injury occurs. Apply 1 inch of water to the lawn as rapidly as possible without runoff.
Watering only when needed and watering thoroughly produces a deep-rooted lawn which is more water efficient and drought enduring.
|Irrigation systems are essential for the health of landscape plants. Do you have an existing drip irrigation system or sprinkler system that needs repair? Our irrigation division can diagnose and repair your system. We also design and install new irrigation systems that are water efficient, reliable and constructed of high quality components.
When properly installed and programmed, an irrigation system keeps your lawn, trees, shrubs and succulents healthy throughout the year. Your irrigation system should be designed, installed and programmed to provide the right amount of water where it's needed most. Leaks, broken or missing sprinkler heads, clogged drip emitters and faulty programming result in wasted water and plant disease.
Irrigation System Installation & Repair
We can help you with irrigation system installation and repair. Our irrigation technicians are some of the best in Novato, and we guarantee our work. We also repair problems with your existing sprinkler or drip irrigation system. Our irrigation specialists will inspect your existing system for problems, make repairs and suggest improvements when necessary.
Drip Irrigation Systems
We recommend drip irrigation systems for most trees, shrubs, vines, groundcovers, and narrow planting areas. Drip irrigation is now widely used for watering landscapes. It conserves water, reduces weed growth and promotes plant health by emitting water to each plant's root zone. To be efficient, a drip irrigation system needs to be designed, installed and programmed properly.
Automatic Sprinkler Systems
Automatic sprinkler systems are used for turf areas, very large trees, and areas that require a high level of moisture. Sprinkler output can vary depending on your sprinkler system design and water pressure. Although automatic sprinkler systems are appropriate for lawn areas, drip irrigation, bubbler, or micro-sprinkler systems are more efficient for watering annual and perennial plants. Adjusting your automatic sprinkler system as the seasons change will help to conserve water.
Irrigation System Design & Renovation
We can design a new irrigation system customized for your landscape. We can also renovate your existing system to be more efficient. We can upgrade or retrofit an aging irrigation system with new timers, tubing and components. We accurately measure your yard and determine the best type of irrigation system for your plants. We lay out the piping routes, determine flow rates and provide all the sprinkler heads, valves, backflow preventers, timers, emitters and all the other components that will go into your new irrigation system.
|What is Xeriscape?|
Pronunciation: zéera skàyp
Definition: a trademark for a method of landscaping that emphasizes water conservation in its use of drought resistant plants.
Xeriscape or desert themed landscape is a way to save water. Xeriscape is a word derived from the combination of a Greek word "Xeros" meaning dry and "scape" from the word "landscape."
We define Xeriscape as an attractive, sustainable landscape that conserves water. Xeriscape is based on sound horticultural practices and shows evidence of care. With the current water shortage, desert themed landscapes are the new trend and one of the solutions for maintaining water use and conserving water.
What is the process?
Start With a Plan
Creating a water-efficient landscape begins with a well-thought-out landscape design. Sketch your yard with locations of existing structures, trees, shrubs and grass areas. Then consider the landscape budget, appearance, function, maintenance and water requirements. Together with local landscape architects, designers and the Marin Municipal Water District, we can help in this decision making process. Implementing your landscape design can be done today or gradually over several years.
Soil Analysis and Preparation
To increase plant health and conserve water, add organic matter to the soil of shrub and flower bed areas. This increases the soil's ability to absorb and store water in a form available to the plant. As a rule-of-thumb, till in 4 to 6 inches of organic material such as shredded pine bark, peat and rice hulls. For trees, however, incorporating organic matter is not necessary; for large turf grass areas, it is not economically feasible.
Select trees, shrubs and groundcovers based on their adaptability to your region's soil and climate. California is blessed with an abundance of beautiful native plants which are naturally adapted to the region. Most have lower water demands, fewer pest problems and less fertilizer needs than many non adapted, exotic plants brought into California landscapes. Through the support of the nursery industry, native California plants are becoming more available in retail nurseries and garden centers. Combining California natives with well-adapted exotic plants is a key to a beautiful, interesting landscape which conserves water.
An added benefit of Xeriscape landscapes is less maintenance. A well-designed landscape can decrease maintenance by as much as 50 percent through reduced mowing; once-a-year mulching; elimination of weak, unadapted plants; and more efficient watering techniques.