Several states are experiencing drought or near-drought conditions today. Areas of the country that aren’t facing droughts right now still anticipate water shortages in the coming years. All of us can conserve water—and money!—with xeriscaping.
Keep it simple — Drought-tolerant plants are the easiest way to drought-proof your yard. The USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map will help you figure out which plants will have the best chance at thriving.
Location, location, location — If you want to keep some water-needy plants in your garden, locate them in a place where they can naturally get the most water, such as near a downspout.
Rock it! — Incorporate gravel as an accent feature, such as in a pathway or between your sidewalk and the street. Keep in mind that many experts recommend limiting the amount of hard materials you use in your landscaping.
Save for a sunny day — Rain barrels are a handy way to conserve and use water in your yard and garden. You can make your own with a plastic trash can or buy one that does double-duty as a composter and rain catcher for that extra-green touch.
The old switcheroo — Still love a luscious green lawn? Swap out grasses that need lots of water to maintain for more drought-hardy grasses.