Making a Move to Drought Tolerant Landscaping

photo courtesy of dan

It seems almost daily that we read about the drought affecting so many places, especially in the southern US. Places like California and Arizona are beginning to suffer the real effects of drought. We watch the news and see the reservoirs drying up. When we travel to California by car, we see for ourselves the lower levels of Lake Shasta and Lake Oroville in California.

In some places, there are now laws in effect that make using too much water illegal. Some people have been told to reduce their irrigating by 36%. There is so much water that is wasted needlessly. Since Arizona and California grow so much of the nation’s food (and we here in Canada buy USA grown food in our grocery stores), the water is needed to grow food instead of lawns.

photo courtesy of satit_srihin

photo courtesy of satit_srihin

People are being encouraged to stop watering lawns and indeed, even remove their lawns. Drought tolerant landscaping is not a new catchphrase – it has been around for years and the definition is simple. Stop planting grass and plants that need a lot of water – instead, put drought tolerant plants in their place. Desert plants are highly drought tolerant and there is a move to encourage people to put in these types of plants. They are beautiful too; the slender stalks of Ocotillo, the gorgeous flowers that top Paddle Cactus. So much beauty in plants that have grown for thousands of years in drought tolerant conditions.

As many people are beginning to question having a lawn in the first place, they begin to think of alternatives. We are beginning to see food gardens planted in front yards of homes, which is a great idea. Yes they still need to be watered, but at least food is being grown instead of grass, which offers nothing but its “good looks”. Others consider turf lawns – if you live in Arizona, check out artificial grass Phoenix Az   to see their products. Whether it’s a full lawn you want to have installed or a putting green, they have a product that will suit your needs.

What will the future hold for these states? Property values should increase for home owners who take a head on approach to reducing water consumption for their yards. Installing a turf lawn that comes with a full warranty will soon be looked upon as a way to add value to your property when it goes up for sale. How many people who buy homes, renovate and then sell them will turn to using artificial turf lawn that requires absolutely no water but always looks good?

photo courtesy of jiggoja

photo courtesy of jiggoja

Artificial turf offers good looks with very low maintenance. No edging, no mowing and most debris can be removed simply by using a leaf blower. No need to spray weed killer, zero need for water and no reactions for people suffering from allergies. Research at the link above to find even more reasons why you should consider doing this instead of seeding a lawn.

Use your water for the right things – watering a lawn is NOT one of them. I believe we are going to see more and more dry brown lawns in summertime (which is a good thing!). Grass can be left to die and will revive itself come fall if there is rain. However, in drought conditions, thought needs to be given to the future and what is the best use of the limited water available.

At this point, we have no directives coming from our local government about reducing our water usage here in the bush. People in the Cariboo who live in town and are on city water have scheduled times when they can water their lawns and flowers using sprinklers. That being said, even though it is mid-May, there are already several wildfires burning out of control. It is so early in the season, but with less snowfall last winter, combined with an early run off = dry forests and dry acreages. The potential for fires has gone way up this year.

If you live in an area where there is a water shortage, consider what your options are. Figure out the best option and then act on it. It may be in your best interest (and your property’s best interest) to look into and install artificial turf. Consider the low maintenance and the possible increase in property value and then make your decision!

Tsu – My New Hangout

social media, paid for content

Have you heard about Tsu? It’s a new social media platform that operates a lot like Facebook, with one MAJOR difference. You get paid for your content, shares, and communication with your friends! Read the article I have linked below that ABC Business recently wrote about an interview with Sebastian, the founder of Tsu.

There’s a reason that Tsu has seen 3 million people sign up over the last four months. Think about it. How much do you get paid in a year for all th0se Facebook posts you make? I know Jesse isn’t sending me any money.


Come over to Tsu!


That being said, the reason to join Tsu is NOT to make money. If that’s your primary thinking, then don’t bother. But if you join Tsu and invite your friends over there (you need an invite from someone to join) and you share information, content and web articles, you will make some money. And isn’t that what you are doing right now on Facebook? Oh, except for the part where you are getting any money for all you great content!

Here’s an invite from me to you:

Just click on it and get signed up. Once you’re there send me a friend request. Then let’s start yakking and sharing.

I’m going to be reducing my Country Living in a Cariboo Valley posts over on Facebook. Instead I am moving towards posting more on Tsu.

Once you get onto Tsu, hit Discover Users to find people you would like to follow or friend. You can also use #hashtags to find people posting about things you are interested in like:  #homestead   #garden  #livestock  #Wine  Using #tsunation opens up your post to a lot of people as does using #tsu

When you find someone with interesting posts, hit the option to follow them. Then start posting yourself about what you are up to, your latest blog post, your latest ebook, whatever you like.

Need another invite? Here:

See you over there! And please feel free to send me a message over on Tsu to let me know you have arrived so I can follow you sooner! Have fun!

Here’s the article I mentioned – check it out to find out what Tsu is all about.