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San Francisco has a climate of its own, what do you need to know to maky your yard or garden flourish?

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Landscaping for San Francisco's Microclimate

San Francisco boasts some incredible gardens and landscapes, but that doesn't mean it doesn't face some unique obstacles. In fact, understanding the microclimate of the region is vital for achieving a vibrant and healthy landscape that will thrive from season to season. The following tips can help you master the San Francisco setting so that you can better tend and care for your garden and landscape.

Understanding the Terrain

San Francisco is known for its peaks and valleys. This uneven terrain, while interesting and visually appealing in its way, poses some challenges for gardeners. The differences in terrain impact the microclimates of San Francisco neighborhoods. The key to achieving a great landscape, therefore, lies in getting to know your particular microclimate that may vary as many as nine degrees from another city section. Once you understand the particulars of your setting, you'll be able to choose plants that are likely to thrive on your property.

Factors that Determine Microclimate

Residents who live in the 'fog belt' and face west often experience considerable haze and strong winds. Unlike areas that experience far more sun, these residents have a reduced selection of plants to work with. Plants that can tolerate partial sun and strong winds are needed for these locations. On the other hand, if your home lies in a sunny locale, you'll want to choose plants that thrive in sun. You'll also need to understand the nature of your soil in order to choose plants for your particular landscape.

Contact Experts

A San Francisco-based landscaping service can help you determine the nature of your microclimate and help you choose plants to install even if you prefer to plant them yourself. Having an assessment from professional landscapers who work with different San Francisco microclimates each day will result in a better understanding of your property. They can tell you what plants are most likely to thrive in your setting and how you can best maintain the plants you choose. Even if you prefer to include some plants off the 'preferred' list, they are likely to have helpful solutions for maintaining your choices and keeping your plants healthy and looking great.

Source: Tamate Landscaping in San Francisco

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For a healthy and vibrant landscape, your plants require regular watering at set intervals. Mother Nature frequently does not cooperate with adequate rains. Heavy but quick downpours do not penetrate the soil deeply. Sprinkling rains do not provide adequate moisture for soil either. When plants are watered optimally, they develop extensive root systems that are able to store and draw water better than plants with shallow root systems. If you want to support your plants' good health, consider installing an irrigation system that complements your landscape's needs.

Types of Irrigation Systems

Two popular types of irrigations systems include pop-up sprinklers and drip irrigation. While many homeowners favor in-ground sprinklers for watering lawns, drip irrigation systems are ideal for flower beds as tubing can deliver water to specific plants. These systems can be used with automatic controllers so there is little for the homeowner to worry about. Your landscaping firm will be able to discuss the ins and outs of each system and how either or both can enhance your particular landscape. Both types of systems need specific mapping. Your irrigation system installer will be able to help you make a plan that suits your plants' needs.

Benefits of an Irrigation System

Installing a low flow irrigation system can allow you to reduce water waste by up to 70%. Today's irrigation systems are ideal for homeowners that care about sustainable practices. San Francisco based landscaper, Paul Tamate says "for homeowners that want to conserve as much as 70% of their water, drip irrigation systems are ideal." Sprinkler systems can be enhanced by the type of heads you choose. Again, your landscaping firm can suggest the ideal components for either system you choose.

Once you install your irrigation system, you'll have the peace of mind of knowing that your landscape's needs are being met even when you're away from home. You can also set timers so that your watering needs will be met at set intervals. If you crave a lush and healthy landscape, an irrigation system installed by professionals is your best solution. You'll waste less water and you'll no longer need to lug hoses and watering cans around your yard to provide thirsty plants with water each day.

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