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Landscaping to Save Water & Money

High water bills last summer convinced Scripps Ranch homeowners Meg Kafman and Norm Bornstein to pull out their lawn and plant water conservation landscaping.

High water bills last summer convinced Scripps Ranch homeowners Meg Kaufman and Norm Bornstein to pull out their lawn.

High water bills last summer convinced Scripps Ranch homeowners Meg Kaufman and Norm Bornstein to pull out their lawn.

Photo by Angela Carone

Jacobs and his crew transformed the Scripps Ranch backyard into a series of pathways with brightly-colored flowers with patches of green ground covering which will eventually spread to create a carpet-like appearance around the pathways.

Jacobs and his crew transformed the Scripps Ranch backyard into a series of pathways with brightly-colored flowers with patches of green ground covering which will eventually spread to create a carpet-like appearance around the pathways.

Photo by Angela Carone

Steve Jacobs is the president and  project manager for Nature Designs Landscaping in Vista. Jacobs says Xeriscape can be green and full of beautiful plants.

Steve Jacobs is the president and project manager for Nature Designs Landscaping in Vista. Jacobs says Xeriscape can be green and full of beautiful plants.

Photo by Angela Carone

Xeriscape uses drought-tolerant and native plants which require much less water than lawns. Grass once dominated most of the 1500 square foot backyard instead of the drought-tolerant plants, flowers and pathways filling the space.

Xeriscape uses drought-tolerant and native plants which require much less water than lawns. Grass once dominated most of the 1500 square foot backyard instead of the drought-tolerant plants, flowers and pathways filling the space.

Photo by Angela Carone

Kafman and Bornstein use a smart irrigation controller and drip system to increase the efficiency of their water.

Kafman and Bornstein use a smart irrigation controller and drip system to increase the efficiency of their water.

Photo by Angela Carone

Jacobs converted a steep slope on the south side of the home from ice plant to a drought-tolerant bedding plant. He added burlap under the new bedding to prevent water from flowing down the slope onto the sidewalk and street below.

Jacobs converted a steep slope on the south side of the home from ice plant to a drought-tolerant bedding plant. He added burlap under the new bedding to prevent water from flowing down the slope onto the sidewalk and street below.

Photo by Angela Carone

It only took a few water bills last summer to change the attitudes of Scripps Ranch homeowners Meg Kaufman and Norm Bornstein. They pulled out their lawn and replaced it with water conservation landscaping.

It only took a few water bills last summer to change the attitudes of Scripps Ranch homeowners Meg Kaufman and Norm Bornstein. They pulled out their lawn and replaced it with water conservation landscaping.

Photo by Angela Carone

Jacobs says this landscaping requires no mowing, no edging and no weekly maintenance, just a little weeding and trimming about once per month.

Jacobs says this landscaping requires no mowing, no edging and no weekly maintenance, just a little weeding and trimming about once per month.

Photo by Angela Carone

Jacobs says people don't realize that you can irrigate slopes, ground covers, and their whole yard with a drip system.

Jacobs says people don't realize that you can irrigate slopes, ground covers, and their whole yard with a drip system.

Photo by Angela Carone

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