Are you in need of low maintenance landscaping that requires minimal watering? If so, you should probably consider making your lawn more drought resistant. Doing a little research and planning up front will save you work and money in the long run. Use these smart designs to save water, money and make your yard look nice even in the hottest temperatures.
Better Landscaping Designs for a Drought Tolerant Yard
Do Your Homework
Fully investigate your landscaping location and observe how much sun it receives. A shade or even part sun plant will not do well in a full sun environment, and understanding your soil will help you to know what you need to add to help with drought resistance. Peat moss and organic compost are popular choices to amend to soil to retain moisture. If you live in an area where drought or high heat is a common problem, you may also wish to look into soil with water crystals that will help to store water for your plants between rain storms.
Consider your Hardscapes
Using a terraced or multi-layered garden plan may help you to add visual interest to your yard as well as improve irrigation of the soil. Adding a fence is also a great way to add vertical height to your garden, which can allow for climbing vines or trailing plants to have a structure to grow on. Fences can also provide shade during certain parts of the day depending on which direction they are facing, giving your plants a reprieve from the drying effects of the sun. Companies like Mills Fence can provide various materials to help provide more shade like wood or vinyl.
When designing your landscape, consider using plants that are native to your region. Native plants will do best in your specific climate, and are naturally more resistant to whatever typical dry-spells your area may have. Your local nursery can be a wealth of knowledge and should be able to recommend native and drought resistant plants.
Drought tolerant yards are not necessarily water-free yards. Make sure you have considered how you will supply water to your landscaping in a way that conserves water. Using drip-irrigation or soaker hoses keeps the water near the roots of the plants where the moisture is most needed. These hoses also release water slowly, allowing it to be absorbed into the soil instead of pooling. Always be sure to protect your plants with a thick layer of mulch, which insulates the soil from drying out, as well as restricts weed growth.
Know your Mow
For the turf sections of your lawn, don’t mow your grass too short. Long grass blades help shade the roots and retain moisture. If it is time to reseed or re-sod your yard, consult your local garden center on grass types that require less care and water.
With careful planning and the help of your local resources, planning a beautiful and drought resistant landscaping is possible. By carefully considering your location, selecting the proper soil amendments, and choosing native plants, your garden will continue to thrive even in the driest months of the year.
Do you have any landscaping tips or tricks you use during the hotter months?
Guest Post written by Brooke Chaplan. Brooke is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She enjoys hiking, biking, running and blogging about many different subjects including family, home and fitness. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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