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New Year's Resolutions for You and Your Garden

New Year's Resolutions for You and Your Garden

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New Year's Resolutions for You and Your Garden

New Year's Resolutions for You and Your Garden

Read at the risk of creating a good habit...

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Tips to Conserve Water

Nearly 70 % of California is considered to be in extreme drought, while Texas recently experienced flooding amounts of rain.  No matter the weather, we should ALL treat our water as the precious resource that it is since it's the most vital resource on earth.  Here are some easy tips to conserve:

1. Compost rather than feeding the garbage disposal

Compost - 8 by szczel/CC BY
Compost - 8 by szczel/CC BY

In-sink garbage disposal contraptions require a lot of water to fulfill their purpose.  Instead, add your food scraps (non-meat, non-dairy) to the compost bin! Here is a great article we wrote about composting 101 if you are unfamiliar with why everyone should compost anyway.

2. Turn off the tap

Turning off the water while you are brushing your teeth instead of letting it run the whole time saves a great deal of water.  Just how much water can this simple good habit save?  The average faucet releases two gallons of water per minute, you can save up to 4 gallons of water every day, per person by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth (if you brush for the recommended two minutes).

*Likewise for men, rinse your razor in a pool of water in a stoppered sink or cup rather than under running water.

3. Fix Leaking Faucets

A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That's the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers!

4. Harvest Rainwater

Funnel the rainwater from your gutters into a barrel or cistern and save it for a sunny day.  Rainwater is free and is better for your plants because it doesn't contain hard minerals.

Remember that a rain barrel doesn't have to be an eye-sore either.  They can be integrated in the landscape design behind a large bush or lattice climbing vines, or even decorative wine barrels often make excellent features out in the open landscape.

5. Regulate Your Automatic Sprinkler System

-Another big waste of water comes from a sprinkler system that does not have a rain sensor.  In fact, due to city ordinances we are required to install rain sensors on all sprinkler systems we service.

6. Water-Wise Landscapes & Maintenance

- Plant water-efficient and drought-tolerant grass and plants that are native to your area.  We have written a blog suggesting many beautiful native and drought-tolerant plants to help you get started.

- Time of Day to Water: If you need to water your lawn or plants -  only water in the early morning or late evening.  Otherwise, the water could simply evaporate due to mid-day heat.

- Conserve water moisture by using mulch.  Using mulch around your trees, shrubs, and plants will make them more tolerant to heat, reduce runoff, retain moisture, moderate soil temperature, slow weed growth, reduce erosion, and make your landscape more beautiful with less maintenance needs.

Living Expression Landscapes can design an attractive, water-wise landscape for you.  See our photo gallery or call us for a consultation today.

Get Your Irrigation System Checked This Summer!

Summer's heat is here and water prices keep going up.  If your irrigation system isn’t running at it’s best, you could lose key plants or damage your lawn.  Don't wait until plants are stressed to have your irrigation system check-up! 

A well-designed and functioning irrigation system is key to maintaining a beautiful and efficient landscape. Water pressure that is too low or too high, broken sprinkler heads, malfunctioning rain sensors, leaks, etc. are all issues that can cause you to overwater or underwater your lawn and landscape plants, which can also waste a lot of water, money and plants.

Not only do we service all existing irrigation systems in place, but installing state of the art irrigation systems is one of our specialties.  Living Expression Landscapes uses only the highest quality professional materials for irrigation system design and installation.  A good irrigation system that uses the right equipment makes all the difference when it comes to plants thriving rather than just surviving. 

*We also offer drip irrigation systems, which have many advantages.  When a drip system is used, water is released slowly and steadily, plus directly to the root zone, so it's never wasted through evaporation or runoff.

How do you know if your irrigation is in need of repair? Look for these signs:

  • Has your water bill been steadily increasing even though your water usage has not?  There could be a leak in your irrigation system.
  • Are areas of your landscape bone dry or too wet?  You could have a leak, or zones could be set improperly.
  • Is water just trickling from sprinkler heads?  You might not have enough pressure to the area or there could be a leak.

Don’t wait until your lawn and landscape is already taking a summer beating; get a jump on irrigation repairs and updates now so you can keep your property healthy through the heat.  Give us a call today for an appointment!

 

 

Create Your Own Certified Wildlife Habitat

Create Your Own Certified Wildlife Habitat

Everyone can create a welcoming haven for local wildlife, even if you only have an apartment balcony to work with.  Plus it is so much FUN to watch the pollinators and beautiful wildlife, such as the birds and bunnies that it will attract!

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Composting - Why Everyone Should Do It

Composting - Why Everyone Should Do It

Decomposition is nature's way of recycling the building blocks of life!  Composting is simply managing the natural decomposition process for OUR BENEFIT.  It's easy with so many benefits...

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