Planting a drought resistant garden is not only a great way to ensure that your garden looks its best in any condition, but it can also help save you money on your water bill. Keep these tips for a drought tolerant garden in mind when you are planning your next garden:
- Plan your garden by grouping plants that have similar cultural requirements together. By placing drought-loving plants together in your garden, you will be able to create a low water zone.
- Make sure to site your plants carefully. Most drought tolerant plants will not do well if the soil is too rich, or if they have inadequate drainage.
- Amend your soil with good organic matter. Before planting, make sure to mix compost into the soil to help plants retain water. If you are planting in heavy soil, mix in grit or pea gravel to help with drainage.
- Substitute ground covers in areas that are difficult to grow turf. In shady areas or narrow sections of the yard, covering the ground with a special ground cover will help lower your water consumption.
- Properly space out plants so that they do not have to compete with each other for root space, nutrients, or water.
- Water wisely. Water in the cool, early morning to help minimize evaporation. Do not water after heavy rain, and make sure to water at the base of plants for the most efficient watering.
- Mulch. Mulch will not only cut down on the number of weeds in your garden, but it will also help the plants to retain as much moisture as possible.
- Do not fertilize water stressed plants. The salt in the fertilizer will burn the weakened, water-deprived roots of the plants.
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