Now’s the right time to consider switching to drought tolerant landscaping. Drought tolerant landscaping requires less water and often less maintenance than traditional landscaping. Here are five ideas to get you started this weekend:
1. Many California native plants require very little water. Delicate White Sage, everlasting Deer Weed and cheerful Yarrow are drought-friendly native plants that bloom in the spring and stay beautiful year-round.
2. Group plants with similar watering needs together at the same elevations in your yard. Plant your water-loving plants higher up or in the shade and colorful native grasses lower down or next to sidewalks to catch runoff.
3. Eat what you grow! Plant a raised herb garden and keep pots of herbs to add fresh ingredients to your pantry and vertical interest to your yard. Rosemary is a hardy plant that adds great flavor to grilled meats and veggies.
4. Use loosely spaced pavers and pebbles as walkways to allow rain to penetrate the soil. By capturing water that would otherwise turn into runoff, you increase the soil moisture content in your yard and help build up the groundwater supply.
5. It’s hard not to love hardscape. Hardscape refers to natural and man-made elements, like rough-hewn boulders and statues, that add drama and interest to a garden without increasing the water bill.