Drought Tolerant Trees & Water Wise Landscaping

At Tree Barber, we are committed to doing our part during the increasingly devastating drought conditions throughout Southern California, and specifically the increasing water restriction regulations in North County San Diego.

Many of our clients have been asking what they can do to have a more water wise landscape. The first step is to identify and utilize drought tolerant trees suited for San Diego. Our Certified Arborist has compiled a list of ideal trees for conserving water.

View our gallery below of drought tolerant and drought resistant trees, click the image for full details.

In addition to using drought tolerant trees, there are a few other tips to help with conserving water:

  • Group plants thoughtfully. When selecting trees, shrubs, ground covers, perennials and annuals for your garden, look for those that naturally grow together and use about the same amount of water.
  • Use water wisely. Water plants only when needed, not by the clock or calendar. Water at night, when evaporation is much lower and air is calmer. Avoid runoff and overspray.
  • Improve your soil. Routinely cultivate your soil, incorporating organic matter such as compost. Doing so improves the soil’s ability to resist evaporation and retain moisture. Aerate heavy or compacted soil around trees.
  • Mulch. A 2-4 inch layer of mulch also evens out temperature extremes, keeping soil cool on hot days and warm on cool days. It also prevents the soil from crusting, allowing better water penetration. Take a cue from nature and choose one of many organic mulches that add great visual texture to your landscape, such as shredded bark or chips, wood grindings, compost, aged sawdust or even low-growing ground cover. Inorganic mulches, such as gravel or rock, let the most water in and are frequently used with plants susceptible to crown rot.
  • Plant trees. Trees help to lower air and soil temperatures, reducing plant and soil moisture loss.
  • Group container plants. Arrange containers so they shade one another. During droughts or periods of drying winds, place them in the deepest shade they can tolerate. Wet the entire rootball; double pot by setting small pots inside larger ones with a layer of sand or gravel between. Top-dress pots with a layer of mulch over the soil.

Looking for more information?

Our Certified Arborist is available to answer your questions regarding water wise landscapes in North County San Diego. You can also contact us for information on our other tree care services, including tree trimming & pruning, tree removal, pest control and more.

Serving North County San Diego residents for over 30 years! We service both inland and coastal communities including Carlsbad, Del Mar, Leucadia, Encinitas, Escondido, Fallbrook, Oceanside, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, 4S Ranch, Santa Luz, Rancho Penasquitos, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Lake San Marcos, San Elijo Hills, Solana Beach, and Vista.