Even if the winter was a wet one and there are prospects for a wet spring; it only takes a few years for drought to set in and cause problems in your landscape. Understanding how and where to alter your garden or landscape to include water saving plants can be very rewarding.
First, having your irrigation or sprinklers placed to cover the most area while excluding places that don’t need watering (i.e. sidewalks or driveways) is easily achievable. You can put your sprinklers on “test” while you observe the direction of the sprays. Then you can correct any over spray or problem directions. Don’t forget to water in the early morning or evening so the sun isn’t stealing any water.
Succulent plants can add a lot of texture and dimension to your yard. Compared to annual plants & flowers, they are slower growing, but when they are filled out, create just as much drama as those big blooms.
A popular trend is vertical gardening with succulents. In fact, vertical planting for succulents plays right into their strong suit, as it is difficult to over water them! There are lots of DIY videos and articles tutoring you on how to create vertical gardens.
Remember when planting, to have “like” flowers or plants (needing the same water and sun amounts) grouped near each other to take advantage of the watering. Research plants that are native to the area & are adept at the water provided to flourish. Sadly, some plants found in big-box stores are not suitable for the climate, but are attractive due to the blooms or leaves. Check with a reputable garden center,
Introduce water retaining compost, soil, etc. into your garden. They include polymer “beads” that hold more moisture for later release. This aids in keeping moisture in the soil for a long time.
Water Conserving Water Features!
If you desire the calming sound of water tricking over rocks or bubbling up, a small self-contained water garden is just the ticket for you.
Placement of your water feature is very important. Having it partially or completely out of the sun will help slow the evaporation. Placing wide leaf plants in the feature also helps retard evaporation. Installing the proper recycling pump for the feature helps to keep the water moving, prohibiting insect larvae growth.
For a very small water feature, say in an urn or some kind of ceramic planter, having the top of the planter with a smaller mouth will help reduce evaporation.
Whatever you choose, make sure you maintain your yard and landscape, keeping weeds, thatch or overgrowth to a minimum, which will reduce those things that suck up the water. Mulch is your friend. It helps the roots retain water and keeps out bad stuff.
If your budget allows, contact your local landscape business for information and ideas to improve the health of your landscape with drought-resistant ideas.