Two Ideas For Maintaining A Beautiful Yard During A Drought

About 30 percent of the average family's water usage is used for outdoor purposes, with up to 50 percent of that amount used to maintain yards and gardens. Whether you're trying to conserve water because of city restrictions triggered by drought or you just want to reduce your water bill, reducing or eliminating the amount of water used on the yard can be significantly helpful. However, there's no need to let your yard turn into a barren wasteland. Here are two tips for preserving your yard when water is scarce.

Help the Ground Conserve Water

Although most of the water put into the ground is gobbled up by plants, some of it is lost to evaporation. The rate at which water is lost this way is determined by several factors including temperature, humidity, and air movement. One way to keep plants hydrated during times of reduced water availability is to help the ground conserve as much water as possible.

This can be accomplished in a few ways. Adding compost to the soil before planting helps the ground retain moisture while also adding nutrients to dirt that can help plants stay healthy. Mulch is another good option. Not only does mulch conserve water, it also forms a physical barrier that helps prevent the sun from baking the ground. A third option is to use water-conserving crystals that absorb moisture and retain it for plant use. However, these crystals can be expensive, so it may not be worth the cost to use on large plant beds.

Exchange Water Hogs with Conservers

Another option is to swap out thirsty plants with ones that can survive on less moisture. Succulents are a good choice. These plants store water in their leaves for use when moisture is harder to come by. Possibly the most well-known succulent is the Aloe Vera plant. Some other good succulents to use include Portulaca, Scaevola, Iron Cross, and orchids. These plants can survive with less water while still providing color and interest to your yard.

If you just can't bear getting rid of your favorite water-hogging plants, then consider moving them to containers. Decorative containers can add a lot of character to your yard or garden. However, they have the added benefit of collecting and holding excess water for the plants to use when they need it.

There are many things you can do to preserve your yard when water isn't as free flowing as it usually is. For more tips about or assistance with managing your yard during a drought, contact a landscaping company, such as Dansons Landscaping Inc.