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  • Writer's pictureErica Barnett

Tips on Drought Tolerant Landscaping

Drought-tolerant landscaping involves growing plants and flowers that will not wither without water. A few examples of drought-tolerant plants could be aloe, artichokes, and geraniums.

There are many homeowners that practice all or some of the points in xeriscaping which are landscaping with a focus on the unique requirements of arid climates. Some of the requirements are:

o Better designing and planning

o Reducing the amount of grass and using drought-tolerant grass varieties

o Including more water-efficient plants

o Manage the soil and adding compost or other organic matter

o The addition of decorative rocks and wood mulch

o Repairing or upgrading the existing irrigation system

o Continuous seasonal maintenance

For the homeowners that do not follow all the rules of xeriscaping, the most popular one to follow is reducing the amount of grass and/or using drought-tolerant grass varieties. This essentially means using more water-efficient plants. If the homeowner wishes to keep the classic green lawn look, they should reach more to a grass variety that is better suited for dry climates or artificial turf. Some examples are Hybrid Bermuda grass, St. Augustine grass, Bentgrass, and Buffalo grass.

However, if the green grass look is not important, homeowners should consider decomposed granite, crushed gravel, or native perennial beds. There are a few green plants to replace the grass, such as microclover or evergreen moss.

Homeowners could spend anywhere from $3,000 to $30,000 for drought-tolerant landscapes. With droughts so common in many parts of the country, more landscape designers are creating projects that conserve water.

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