Drought Tolerant Landscaping | Los Angeles
A drought tolerant saves water and maintenance labor. It’s good for the environment, reduce energy, and can protect against wildfires, irrosion and more.
Whether it’s a residential or commercial project or a public property, RotoTillerGuy offers California native and drought-tolerant designs (also known as Xeriscape), re-vegetation and restoration landscape designs, Eco-friendly irrigation and water retention systems as well as landscape management and maintenance advice.
In addition, as a California-licensed, bonded and insured landscape contractor, we Implement your designs.
Xeriscape & Native Landscapes
The concept of Xeriscape design is based on the conservation of water and the use of natural materials and plant species that are drought tolerant and sustainable given their environment. It Involves:
careful planning and design soil improvement using organic matter to increase moisture content turf management, using minimal turf areas or low-water turf varieties drought-tolerant or native plant selection and their grouping in specific areas requiring the same watering needs efficient irrigation practices, such as “smart systems” that recognize moisture content or drip systems that lessen evaporation
use of mulches: organic (compost, wood chips, bark, etc.) or others such as gravels, cobbles or decomposed granite
on-going garden maintenance to ensure long-term health and appearance
There are two approaches when it comes to the use of water, use it more efficiently and create alternative sources. When combined they can save you money and be immensely effective in cutting down on the use of our potable water resources.
Here is a list of water reduction and long-term money-saving products currently available. When used in combination, the water and financial savings become even greater.
Rotary Nozzles – (15-45% water savings)
High-Efficiency Nozzles (30% water savings)
Above Ground Landscape Drip (30-50% less water than sprinklers)
Sub-Surface Capillary Irrigation Systems (50% water savings)
Wireless Water Sensors & Control Valves (60% water savings) The sensors analyze soil moisture and temperature and determine when and how long to water
WiFi Timers or Smart Timers, communicate via your internet connection to weather sites specific to your particular zip code to automatically adjust water usage
Rain & Graywater Collection
These are two sources of water that are free and available to every home owner.
Rainwater: Rainwater collection is as old a civilization itself and if you have a roof and gutters can be easily and inexpensively installed. And for every square-foot of roof and inch of rain, .623 gallons of water can be collected. The products on the market provide the following:
- Collect rainwater from downspouts
- Clean and filter rainwater by removing most of the debris and contaminants
- Connect to a majority of hoses for immediate use in the garden or for collection in rain barrels and cisterns
- Graywater: Graywater is water that comes from baths, showers, hand basins and washing machines only — not the toilet or the dishwasher. If a greywater system is to be employed, it is crucial to use all-natural, biodegradable soaps whose ingredients do not harm plants. Most powdered detergents, and some liquid detergents are sodium-based, which can inhibit seed-germination and destroy the structure of clay soils. The products on the market do the following:
- Connect to the pipes leading from the bathtub, shower and hand basin
- Filter the water of contaminants
- Connect to collection barrels and cisterns