Karyl Sawyer's Blog
Some areas of the country just don’t see a ton of rain. California has been suffering a drought for some time and many areas of the west coast have suffered the same problems. If you live in the west and hope to protect your lawn and garden from drought conditions all while saving money, this post is for you. There are plenty of drought-tolerant gardening practices that you can enact in order to save your garden and make it easy to maintain at the same time.
Where To Start
Drought-tolerant gardening is also known as xeriscaping, so now you can use this fancy term to tell your friends what you’re up to! You may be wary of undertaking this new practice at first because there can be some up front costs. The good news it that it will save you money in the long run. You may even find your new garden to be much cheaper.
First, consider other alternatives to traditional turf for your lawn. Clover, for example is a great alternative to turf grass. Clover stays green even when dry, weed-free and rarely has to be mowed. There are other types of grasses and alternatives that are great for dry conditions including ornamental grasses. These grasses are low maintenance and can thrive in different soils. Perennial ground covers are another great option for a drought tolerance. These are plants that spread across the ground. They don’t grow very tall so there’s little need for maintenance.
Drought-tolerant plant beds can be placed throughout a landscape. Plants can include shrubs, trees, wildflowers and ornamental grasses. You can begin by checking for the types of plants that are spread around your home. Variety is key, but you need to make sure you choose the plants that will thrive.
You can save in the purchase of the plants for your new landscape by selecting smaller plants. Shrubs that have yet to grow at the nursery will soon grow larger, but they don’t cost as much. You can also check out the discount section of your local home improvement store for some plants. Friends and neighbors may also be able to help you in your search for new garden materials. The perfect plant for your drought-proof garden might be right next door and easily started from a cut of the plant. You could also grow plants from seeds, which is the least expensive way to start a new garden. The disadvantage is that seedlings take time to grow.
It’s quite simple and fairly inexpensive to create your own drought-proof landscape. In the long run, you’ll be thankful you took the steps to make your landscape more environmentally friendly and cost-effective. You’ll also save hours of time from doing maintenance and erase your drought worries as well.