How To Turn Your Yard Into a Drought-Resistant Landscape

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How To Turn Your Yard Into a Drought-Resistant Landscape

Whether you’re moving to a dry area or you just aren’t keen on doing a lot of yardwork, drought-resistant landscaping might be the answer for the yard that’s going to surround the new house you’re building. Of course, this will require lot more work for setting up instead of a standard grass yard, but it’ll be worth it in the long run. So, without further ado, here’s our guide on how to turn your yard into a drought-resistant landscape.

Plant Drought-Tolerant Grass

Even though most of this article will focus on getting rid of grass, sometimes a yard just doesn’t feel complete without it, especially if you have kids who will want to play in it. That’s why we’re going to start by going over some grasses that are more tolerant to droughts than others:

  • Bermudagrass
  • Zoysia grass
  • St. Augustine grass
  • Ryegrass

There are plenty more, but these are some of the more popular ones. You can mix and match them if you like or only use one of them, but they will need significantly less water overall.

Replace Grass With Plants and Rocks

For those of you who don’t need grass in your yard and want it to be as drought-resistant as possible, you’ll want to replace whatever is in your current yard with some plants and gravel. You can get as many or as few of these plants as possible, but you’ll want to make sure that they’re drought-tolerant. Once you have them planted, you’ll want to fill in the gaps with different types of rocks and gravel. Don’t be afraid to have some fun with it to make your yard have some style.

Use Mulch Around Plants

Even though we said you’d want to use a lot of rocks to fill in the gaps, mulch is also a possibility, but it’s best to use it directly around the plants. That’s due to the fact that mulch helps insulate the plant’s roots from the heat, as well as give water time to soak into the ground before it evaporates away. This will make it easier to maintain a healthy group of plants.

Buy Organic Compost

If you’ve already followed all of our tips on how to turn your yard into a drought-resistant landscape, but your plants are still struggling to stay alive, you might want to try some organic compost. It is typically packed with tons of moisture and nutrients that plants need to survive, which will get them through the hotter months of the year. Also, any rain that does come will be absorbed more efficiently by the compost, so it continues to do its job after the fact.

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