No Drought About It! Water-Friendly Landscaping
Droughts are becoming more and more common as the climate has been changing. In California, for example, lack of rainfall has prompted the government to step up water conservation methods. One of the first things to go once people start scrimping on water is lush, green lawns. But not being able to water your lawn doesn’t mean that you can’t have a beautiful yard. Certain landscaping techniques will help keep your home lovely and drought-resistant.
Give up the Grass
Grass has been the king of lawns for decades, now. But thick, green grass just isn’t feasible in dry climates. Try other types of ground cover that grows naturally in dry climates. There are green plants and even plants that flower in all the colors of the rainbow. One such variety is Bee’s Bliss, according to California Las Pilitas Nursery. This plant has delicate, blue flowers and can grow right under the sun. It might not feel like grass beneath your feet, but it covers up the dirt just as well and uses much less water.
Gravel and Rocks
Your lawn doesn’t need to be covered in plants for every square inch. Properly maintained gravel can accentuate your walkways or the areas around your house. If you have children, pick gravel with smooth texture so no one cuts their feet or scrapes their knees. You can even buy gravel in different hues to match your house or the desert flowers in the spring. Larger rocks can be used to add texture where plants refuse to grow.
Cacti and Desert Trees
Instead of big, leafy trees that sap water from the ground, choose trees that naturally grow in dry landscapes. Sometimes these trees have thorns, so they might not be viable for households with children. The benefit is that in the spring, many desert trees grow sweet-scented flowers that perfume the air. Cacti, too, often have flowers and add a dimension of height around your home. They won’t provide the shade of trees, but they don’t require much water at all and will attract lots of wildlife to your yard.
Compost and Mulch
Lastly, you want to save the water you do have by keeping it in your yard. Avoid tall slopes where water will drain and don’t cut down trees whose roots already hold in soil and water. Then, apply compost and mulch around your yard where your plants grow. This can take the place of polluting fertilizer. It also preserves the moisture in the ground by holding it in instead of letting the sun evaporate it.
So, instead of using water you should be saving for cooking, cleaning, and drinking to keep your lawn green, consider replacing the lawn with a desert landscape that is drought resistant as well as beautiful. Companies like Cottonwood Landscapes LLC can help you find the right options for your yard.