As California’s drought pushes on through the winter, homeowners search for new ways to maintain curb appeal. While some watch their once lush lawn fade into brown others look to turf grass and drought-tolerant plants for a front yard revival.
It goes without saying that buying a house in the Bay Area is expensive. Consequently, it’s important to set the correct tone from the minute a buyer steps onto the property.
First impressions are lasting impressions and curb appeal pays off. For those interested in exploring drought- friendly landscaping options, we’ve simplified your search with a quick compilation of water- wise alternatives.
4 WAYS TO OPTIMIZE CURB APPEAL DURING DROUGHT
Off-Set the Brown with Drought-Tolerant Color. Homeowners can divert attention from front yard eyesores by adding attractive hardscaping and vibrant, low-water flowers. Lavender not only attracts butterfly and bees with its purple flowers, but also requires little watering. Ideal for low-maintenance gardening, this perennial can tolerate poor soil quality, as it opts for gravel and sandy conditions over mulch.
Spirea, a low-water perennial shrub, serves as an excellent ground cover and grows up to two to three feet high.These lacy flowers come in white, pink, or red, and aren’t particular when
it comes to soil or watering.Those looking for a colorful frame to the front yard can also try out Bluebeard shrubs.These bold blue or pink blooms grow to three to four feet tall, providing a drought-friendly anchor to any front yard.
Install Low-Maintenance Turf Grass
While a new source of color may appeal to some, many prefer the classic allure that comes with a lush, green lawn.While synthetic grasses are up to par with EPA standards, the debate continues as to whether the chemicals found in artificial lawns pose health risks. Alternatively, they require no mowing, minimal upkeep, and effective drainage. Ultimately, the decision remains with the homeowner. Some locals have already opted for synthetic turf given the area’s dry conditions.
Replace Lawns with Native Gardens
Those interested in a front yard makeover can implement native grasses, flowers, and succulents. These plants have naturally acclimated to our Mediterranean climate, meaning they require minimal water and make a perfect fit for high sun, low water circumstances. Lewisias, Apricot Mallows, and Wild Lilacs naturally inhabit California climates and need less water and maintenance, yet garner ample wildlife.Western Sword Ferns, Deer Grass, and succulents commonly found in Southern California also make great picks for a water- wise garden.
Given the array of options, there’s no need to settle for dried up eyesores. Contact your local master gardener, or synthetic grass company for more information on the above alternatives.