If you live in a dry region, you may be accustomed to drought conditions and water rations. Conserve water by using some simple tips that will make the most of the water you provide to your lawn, gardens, and plants, as well as to plan ahead for these situations. With some preparation, you may be able to plant a lawn and garden that not only survives these dry-spells, but that thrives and looks beautiful, too!
Some tips to water wisely include the following dry-weather suggestions:
Be frugal with fertilizer. Fertilized lawns and gardens require more water, so use sparingly.
Use mulch. Mulch preserves moisture in the soil, preventing it from drying out as quickly in the sun. It is available in a wide range of textures, types, and colors, so choose something that is cohesive with your natural surroundings.
Don't trim or mow too much. When you cut your grass or trim plants, they compensate by growing deeper roots which require more water. Adjust your mower blade to trim a little higher than usual during droughts or dry weather.
Aerate your lawn and garden. In the spring, take the time to poke holes in your turf, lawn, or garden areas. These holes will soak up the moisture during watering, providing it to the roots of your plants.
Water in the morning. Watering in the morning is often more effective than watering at other times of day, as the plants have all day to fully-absorb the moisture before nightfall. Plus, this is a good way to avoid root-rot.
Keep blades sharp. Keep your mower and lawn tools sharpened. A dull blade can tear the grass or plants, which will require more water to heal.
Water every other day. Do your part to conserve water during droughts by watering every other day. Some gardens may be able to sustain with bi-weekly watering, which saves even more water.
Plant accordingly. If you live in a dry climate or a region prone to summer droughts, plant accordingly and look for drought-resistant plants. Some examples of drought-resistant plants are Catmint, Coneflower, Salvia, Russian sage, Lavender, Veronica, and poppies
Consider hardscaping. Consider using other features in your yard, instead of plants. Hardscaping is when you use non-living features in your yard and gardens, such as woodwork, masonry, and inanimate objects, like garden art.
During drought conditions, do your part to conserve water while still maintaining your existing lawn and garden. Use these tips to plan, prepare, and care for your green-space when it is dry or water is rationed.
As a child and teenager, I watched my mother garden, although I wasn't interested in it at the time. I later learned that I had missed out on learning the craft because before I planted my first garden, I thought it would be so easy! Once I finally had a yard of my own, I was eager to plant some beautiful flowers in the yard and do other landscaping work. Unfortunately, I learned a hard lesson and none of things I planted survived more than a few weeks, even though I watered them daily. I gave my mother a call and asked her what could have gone wrong, and I learned that plants have to be chosen carefully. Check out this blog to learn more landscaping plant tips.