Southern California is frequently in a drought. The idea of having a vast, green lawn as the main groundcover in your landscape is no longer realistic in Southern California. Water rates in San Diego have increased by 7.25% on January 1, 2014 and will increase again by 7.5% on January 1, 2015. Read more about rate hikes here.
If you live in Southern California, look around your neighborhood. How many lawns have brown, patchy grass? The majority in San Diego do. There is a better way to treat groundcover around your home.
Save Money and Improve Curb Appeal
The house above uses decomposed granite groundcover along with carefully placed rocks and drought tolerant planting to create a strong visual statement.
Replace grass with decomposed granite, which is sometimes referred to as DG. The benefit is twofold. One, you eliminate the need to water grass, thus saving a lot of money. Two, you actually improve the curb appeal of your home, since your once brown, patchy grass is now a clean, neutral-colored groundcover. I’m not saying you need to completely remove all of your grass. Although that is a smart option. You can be strategic about the placement of grass and use it as an accent, not the majority groundcover.
What is Decomposed Granite?
Decomposed granite is granite that has weathered to the point that it easily fractures into small pieces of weak rock. The longer it weathers, the weaker and more brittle it becomes. The end product is a mix of sand and gravel-sized particles that’s typically beige in color.
Curb Appeal with a Purpose
We all know curb appeal helps sell your home, but doing it in a way that is appropriate for the semi-arid Southern Californian climate will add another selling point to your home.