How to maintain your landscape in a drought

Water is essential to a healthy lawn, but water shortages caused by summer droughts or local restrictions can take a toll on your lush lawn and garden. 

There may seem to be nothing to do but wave goodbye to your landscape. However, you do have options. Individuals have been developing drought-tolerant landscapes that can be maintained with little water for years. Read and learn how to maintain your landscape during a drought. 

Know your Climate

One of the most important things to consider when planning a landscape is to know the climate you are growing in. Ask yourself some questions. How much rain does my garden receive? What is the condition of my soil? Is my garden fully/partly covered by the sun or under shade? 

The bottom line is that understanding your climate before planting in your landscape can save you money and get you the results you are looking for. 

Climate appropriate plants

Once you understand your climate, choosing is the easy part. Tons of plants can survive with little water. For example:

For your garden:

  • Artemisia
  • Coreopsis
  • Cosmos
  • Lantana Camara

For your lawn:

  • Bermuda grass
  • Buffalo Grass

These are just a few you can pick from but check out this list from Lubbock Master Gardeners for more drought-tolerant plants and grasses. 

Water Wisely

Sometimes less is more. Use these tips to make the best of your limited water. 

Keep a lookout for the weather. If it’s going to rain, don’t water and let mother nature do its job. 

Water only when necessary. Only water when your grass begins to show signs of drought.

Water deep. Water less often by watering deeper into the soil. It promotes more water absorption and healthier roots.

Water on time. Water on a regular schedule and in the morning before the sun rises. This prevents water from evaporating before the soil can soak all the water. Another effective and efficient watering method for flowerbeds and containers is to add a drip irrigation system that can be bought at your nearest Watermaster. 

Mix Native and Adaptive Plants

Every region has unique native plants and gorgeous flowers. Not only does using native species preserves the ecology of your area, but they also thrive with little care, attention, or water. Here are two great websites to look for native plants and flowers near you: Native Plant Finder or Audubon

  • In the case that there aren’t many native species in your area, or not any that suit your needs, consider adaptive plants. These plants are not invasive and can blossom in soil and climate conditions. Your best bet to finding these types of plants is at your local nursery. They will have the best-suited plants for your area.

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