Incorporating mulch and drought tolerant plants keeps your lawn drought resistant.

    Published: May 19, 2015

    Making Your Lawn Drought-Resistant

    Incorporating mulch and drought tolerant plants keeps your lawn drought resistant.Throughout the country, water scarcity has prompted government officials to impose strict rationing┬áprograms that can leave lawns and gardens looking ragged and brown. Sadly, this has left some landscaping fanatics feeling frustrated over the appearance of their homes. If you’ve been struggling to keep your lawn looking green in the face of unforgiving weather and strict regulations, you can learn how to improve its appearance with the following targeted measures.

    • Add mulch to gardens and bushes to slow evaporation and promote better water retention.
    • Plant grass or garden strips next to sidewalks and other hardscapes to minimize water runoff.
    • Plant especially thirsty plants together in containers, to help concentrate their moisture needs.
    • Plant flowers, such as lavender, which don’t require a lot of water to thrive.
    • Break up your yard by adding decorative flagstone, to reduce the total amount of grass.
    • Replace all or parts of your lawn with drought-tolerant plants, such as Dymondia margaretae, a gray-leafed South African ground cover.
    • Install downspout attachments and reservoirs to collect rainwater for irrigation.
    • Place rain barrels in your backyard to collect extra irrigation water.
    • Use permeable paving, which helps rainfall percolate more easily into the soil.
    • Plant meadow grass and other vegetation that’s natural to your area.

    Getting Practical

    In regions where severe drought leads to major rationing, it may not be practical to have a grass yard. In this case, you may benefit from hiring a professional landscaper to redesign your yard with some attractive retreat-like concepts. You’d be amazed at how beautiful a native plant garden or Zen-style lawn can look compared to an ordinary traditional square of grass. In addition to saving gallons of water, professional landscaping designs can add actual value to your home, while providing a tranquil oasis for you and your family.