Water shortages are one of the greatest looming threats to California’s natural beauty.
“Drought can be a contributing factor to wildfire. Dry, hot, and windy weather combined with dried out (and more flammable) vegetation can increase the probability of large-scale wildfires.” — Wildfire Management, drought.gov.
The homes of people and celebrities including Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Neil Young, and Gerard Butler were destroyed in a California wildfire. The fire affected many of California’s residents and inspired much of Cyrus’ personal and lyrical growth.
The precarious nature of the drought leaves the state in a double bind. While its goals are to sustain and enhance its natural wonders, the scarcity of water as an irreplaceable resource for survival raises the challenging question of sustainability. Water shortages affect many areas across the United States.
Homeowners and conservationists alike have had to call upon experts for their guidance on creating landscapes that are both beautiful and environmentally conscious.
Xeriscaping is a popular form of Landscaping in San Diego, where home and garden design enthusiasts and property owners are deeply passionate about professional landscape design and architecture. Xeriscaping prioritizes the planting of drought-resistant and low-watering plants, set in a garden of materials such as gravel and mulch.
Foodscaping, also known as edible landscaping, can be sustainable in the sense that it encourages individual households to become more self-sufficient in producing their own sustenance of crops. This can assist in alleviating the environmental impact of transportation involved in the farm to store to home supply chain and purchasing process. It is best to consider what is ecologically native to your region when determining which fruits and vegetables to grow, helping you achieve better results without wasting resources.
Edible plants can be just as pleasing to the eye as non-edible plants. Visual color and structure can easily elevate your backyard from a blank canvas to a masterpiece outdoor living space. Consult with a professional landscape designer here when planning your garden transformation. Imagine the luxury of an outdoor kitchen and outdoor dining & living room surrounded by a fountain or fireplace.
Moreover, growing your own food and cooking at home reduces wasting of food and resources. The United States Environmental Protection Agency website mentions that “When food is wasted, it also wastes the resources – such as the land, water, energy, and labor – that go into growing, storing, processing, distributing, and preparing that food. Each year, food loss and waste take up an area of agricultural land the size of California and New York combined.”
“Globally, the United Nations estimates that approximately one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted – 14 percent of food is lost before reaching retail, and 17 percent may be wasted from retail to consumer. At the same time, food loss and waste generates nearly eight percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.” — United States Environmental Protection Agency
There are many ways in which landscaping may allow you to transform your property sustainably! There are many ways to enjoy sunlight and fresh air to enjoy life itself.