The California Fan Palm, or Washingtonia filifera, is a hearty tree that is native to California. In other words, you are not going to need to water it often because it is used to the arid conditions in the southwestern part of the US. However, if you experience a particularly hot and dry summer or if you have other trees and shrubs that need more water, harvesting rainwater can help. Here are a few tips.

  • Collect water using the gutters that you already have in place. You likely have downspouts to control where the water runs off. Use these to send water directly into your harvesting collectors.
  • Use empty garbage cans or buckets to capture the water. This keeps you from needing to spend a bunch of money on collection since you may already have some extras laying around.
  • You will need sealable containers for storage. Otherwise, you will just be breeding mosquitos and other insects. The stored water needs to be filtered either before or after the storage process.
  • You will also need a hose and a pump to use the water you have filtered and stored. Now you have water when your landscaping needs it most.

Sustainable Landscaping Experts in California

West Coast Trees is not just the biggest distributor of California Fan Palms in the entire world. We also focus on sustainable landscaping, so you don’t need a ton of water that simply isn’t available in California all year around. To learn more about choosing native plants or keeping your landscape sustainable, call us today at 619-518-9507. You can also send us a message online.