Tightening Our (Water) Belts

Tightening Our (Water) Belts

As the La Niña conditions continue in the Pacific states for the second consecutive year, we’re unfortunately set for yet another sparse rainy season here in southern California. For us, that means much less rain, and more dry, sunny winter days with depleting reservoirs and a severely reduced snowpack.

Practically, that means that we’re going to be seeing more water conservation efforts being made by the state and higher than normal prices for water usage. With prices going up across the board on consumer goods and commodities required for normal life, some homeowners are going to be feeling a major squeeze come the dog days of late summer when dry winds and an unforgiving sun suck up all the moisture from our plants and pools.

This expense may very well be a bridge too far for many beleaguered homeowners who’ve already been plagued by higher-than-normal water prices over the past few years trying to keep their lawns clinging to life. After years of dutifully providing gallons upon gallons of water for their parched turf, many are looking for an out as soon as possible without sacrificing the aesthetic of a luscious green lawn.

Luckily, there are a few options for them. White, or Dutch clover, is a popular grass lawn replacement that still provides a wonderful natural green color to your exterior. It has far fewer requirements for care and upkeep (including water), and it also revitalizes the soil rather than depleting it like normal grass.

There are some drawbacks to clover, however. If you have particularly rambunctious kids who regularly use your lawn for soccer practice or just running around, clover is not particularly hardy and it leaves more persistent stains on clothing. It is also a relatively short-lived plant, surviving on average 2-3 years, meaning you’re probably going to need to reseed your lawn comparatively frequently.

Clovers, while draught-resistant, do still require regular watering, which many are looking to do away with completely. If that’s the case, then you really only have one other option – artificial turf.

Luckily, the manufacturing process for artificial turf has advanced to a considerable degree over the past few decades, meaning your fake grass will be virtually indistinguishable from the natural stuff. As long as you hire a competent installer, the look of your lawn may actually improve considerably with an artificial replacement, especially if you’re consistently experiencing dead or discolored patches.

For Orange County readers, competent installers means getting a NoMow Turf installation. Not only are their installations top-notch, they also have an incredible selection of different types of grass their turfs can emulate. Whether you’re looking to install a putting green or just need a safe spot for your pooch to rest during the long summer afternoon, NoMow has a variety of different styles of turf you can use for any situation.

If you’re like the many homeowners who have had enough of getting squeezed by the utility companies just to keep a finicky lawn alive and thriving, give NoMow Turf a call. Their expert installations will give you the perfect green lawn you’ve always dreamed of, with none of the headache that a natural grass lawn never fails to provide.

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26674 Vista Terrace, Lake Forest, CA 92630

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