Those of you that live in hot, dry climates know how much water it takes to keep a garden looking its best. If you’re tired of constantly worrying about dying plants and high water bills, then drought resistant landscaping is for you. Here are four tips to get you started.
- Avoid a lawn. Lawns take a lot of water and don’t thrive in extreme heat. If you need the space for children or pets, consider synthetic grass, which has come a long way in recent years.
- Grow native plants. Native plants are ones that are accustomed to the climate in which you live. They will be the key to successful drought-tolerant, water wise, and low maintenance gardening. Find a native plant nursery near you.
- Group plants according to their water needs. This practice is called zoning. Designate areas for plants that will need more water, and areas for plants that will need less water. Zoning will reduce the amount of water wasted.
- Know your soil. If you have rocky or sandy soil that drains quickly you should use drip irrigation. If you have dense or clay soil that drains slowly you should use sprinklers and water until saturated.