Drought Tolerant Commercial Landscape Maintenance San Jose CA
F.S. Commercial Landscape Inc. Uses Techniques, Materials to Preserve Natural Resources
California weather conditions are complicated, marked at times by great extremes of heat and moisture. Drought conditions are an ongoing and prevalent condition facing commercial property managers. With drought tolerant landscaping, San Jose CA commercial properties can preserve water, reduce carbon footprint and keep property beautiful. At F.S. Commercial Landscape, we provide commercial landscape design and commercial landscape maintenance San Jose that protect the environment and meet our customer’s needs.
Drought tolerant landscaping uses design and maintenance strategies that reduce the amount of needed maintenance and lower the reliance on natural resources, especially water.
Here are 9 steps that can be added to your commercial landscape design to boost drought tolerance in San Jose CA.
- Reduce the lawn footprint
Vast expanses of grass consume a great deal of water, fertilizer and mowing and weeding time. Replacing lawns with drought tolerant shrubs and groundcover.
- Know your soil
Conduct a soil test to understand the composition and pH of your soil. This step is helpful to understanding the cause of bare patches or excessive weeds.
- Replace plants
Invasive plants can take over flower and plant beds. We recommend replacing invasive species with native drought resistant varieties, such as California yarrow, Palmer’s Indian mallow, apricot mallow and California mountain lilac.
- Position plants, trees and shrubs in the right hydrozone
You want to be sure that “thirsty” plants and shrubs are in one area of your property and those that are more drought tolerant are in another.
- Conduct a water audit and irrigation assessment
The right irrigation system can ensure that water is used prudently. New systems can include features such as weather-sensing controls that reduce irrigation when there is rain in the forecast, for example. A thorough audit of your water usage and irrigation system can assess usage and recommend upgrades.
- Use driplines
A dripline can help to add the right amount of moisture to landscape beds, trees, shrubs and containers, ensuring that water is delivered directly to roots.
- Add mulch
The right type and amount of mulch can help soil retain moisture and keep away weeds that can sap moisture away from plants and flowers. Mulch also adds a protective barrier for plantings from extreme heat.
- Consider permeable hardscapes
Permeable pavers in walkways, entranceways and parking areas can help manage stormwater runoff. The use of other hardscapes, such as outdoor benches, walls and sculptures, reduce overall commercial landscape maintenance and utility costs while adding beauty and function to the property.
- Know your microclimates
The larger a property is, the more complex the ecosystem. Portions of the property may have very different conditions. For example, an area that gets a lot of sun or wind will likely be drier while areas that are shaded will be wetter most of the time. Developing a commercial landscape maintenance San Jose plan needs to account for these variances.
At F.S. Commercial Landscape, we value the importance of energy and resource conservation. That’s why we’re the solution San Jose CA property owners and managers turn to for sound drought resistant commercial landscaping design and maintenance.