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Design a Beautiful Drought Resistant Yard


By Linda Ly

Hot weather and drought-like conditions don’t mean a beautiful yard and garden is out of reach. Learn everything you need to know about drought tolerant landscaping, including the best type of plants, grass, trees and shrubs to plant and how to care for them, even in extreme weather conditions in the heat of summer.

Best Time to Water Plants in Hot Weather

By watering at the right times, you can reduce the amount of water landscaping needs without sacrificing beauty. Too many gardeners subscribe to the idea the more water, the better. But in reality, up to 40 percent of water dedicated to landscaping is actually wasted. Watering at the right time, and in the right way, can ensure plants survive a drought without wasting water.

The best time to water plants in hot weather is during the cool early morning hours between 6 – 10 a.m. Watering during the coolest time of the day allows moisture to soak deeply into the ground rather than evaporate. Instead of overhead watering , which can lead to water evaporation and wasteful runoff, use a watering nozzle or soaker hose to direct water where plants need it the most – at their roots. This method also keeps disease at bay, since moisture from a watering can or sprinkler can cling to overhead leaves and encourage fungal growth.

Ideal Drought Resistant Plants

Drought tolerant landscaping can be both beautiful and easy. Hardy trees and shrubs that are drought resistant are a perfect choice if you’re planting in a drought or extremely hot region or planting zone.
Trees – Many trees are perfect for planting in drought-prone areas. When cared for properly, the right type of tree can flourish and thrive even despite the heat they are growing in. Some options to consider if you’re planting trees in drought conditions could include the following.

Drought Resistant Grass Types

Don’t think just because you live in a dry area or are experiencing a drought you can’t enjoy a gorgeous lawn or grassy landscaping. Drought resistant grass types are both hardy and beautiful.

Drought Resistant Grass Alternatives and Ground Covers

Grass isn’t the only type of green foliage that works well for widespread coverage. Try one of these sprawling ground covers as an alternative to traditional grass in the yard. They are drought resistant and pretty, adding pops of unexpected color that can really wow.

Water Saving Tips

When the days of summer become long and hot, keeping your yard looking lush can become water consuming and labor intensive. But there are several ways to improve the performance of your garden during those heated summer months. With just a little preventative gardening, it’s easy to reduce moisture loss and decrease time spent in the hot sun. Try these tips to conserve water during the blazing summer heat.

Xeriscaping Ideas

Xeriscaping is essentially just keeping water usage in mind when planting your garden or yard. Xeriscaping ideas include both the smart watering techniques we just discussed as well as choosing plants that are more drought tolerant.

Drought tolerant landscaping is a beautiful thing. It allows you to sit back and relax in the shade while reducing water usage. By watering mindfully, making wise landscaping choices and performing a little preventative gardening care, staying cool is easy and you know the yard will be gorgeous all summer long. It is not only possible, but actually very easy to have a lush yard with color, texture, and yes, even flowers, even if you are growing in an area that is historically dry.

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