RGA Landscape Architects is paving the way for innovative new drought-resistant landscaping solutions, which go far beyond the typical expectations that come to mind when one envisions ‘desert landscaping.’ RGA designs environmentally-compatible landscapes through careful site planning, plant selection and irrigation efficiency – and their LEED-certified projects continue to earn awards and accolades for redefining water efficient design and planning for renewable resources.
When the Homeowner’s Association (HOA) of the premier Indian Ridge Country Club in Palm Desert, California, was tasked with a mandate to reduce water usage by 36% – the challenges seemed daunting. Because the Indian Ridge community was planned 30 years ago for a completely different time when water was readily available and inexpensive, the HOA was facing an aging irrigation system, many acres of high water use turf and thousands of pop-up and inefficient sprayers.
In partnering with RGA Landscape Architects, the Indian Ridge HOA was able to make a major transition to drought-resistant landscaping. The design and plan included repair of the majority of the irrigation, installation of a new irrigation management system, turf removal and the incorporation of lush and efficient landscaping – utilizing entry grasses like Mexican Feather Grass and Regal Mist Muhlenbergia for fullness and color.
“Indian Ridge Country Club’s ‘landscape makeover’ is the perfect example of how we can create beautiful communities in this new climate of drought and environmental concerns,” said Ron Gregory, president of RGA Landscape Architects. “Landscaping can be an HOA’s biggest asset, and we pride ourselves in developing designs that add value to our clients’ properties through an attractive and low-maintenance landscape strategy.”
Nearly half of the projects RGA works are for HOAs. They feature a team of professionals who work with clients on a complex plan customized for each community – taking into account plant selection, maintenance and irrigation needs, among others.
RGA communicates with landscape committees, Boards and HOA members to present ideas and estimates of cost so that clients can then make informed and fiscally prudent decisions.
A member of the U.S. Green Building Council, RGA also has LEED-accredited professionals on staff and they are industry leaders in the use of solar, as well. Several cities and local water agencies have retained their services to design water-efficient demonstration gardens.
RGA can also prepare a water use and cost analysis for existing projects to compare water use before and after conversion to a drip irrigation system-powered irrigation controllers and photovoltaic landscape lighting.
As recognized experts in the field of low water use irrigation design and the incorporation of gray and reclaimed water, RGA Landscape Architects is leading the industry in water efficient design and planning for renewable resources.