In Southern California we are no strangers to drought. Though in recent years we’ve seen a bit more rain than usual, we still live in one of the driest areas of the country. This means homeowners are always looking for new ways to keep their property attractive, while still working within the restraints the weather provides. Xeriscaping, the idea of using as little water as possible and still maintaining interesting and attractive landscapes, has become more popular in SoCal in the last decade. 

 

Below, we break down why you should consider drought resistant landscaping on your property.

 

It’s More Affordable 

Believe it or not, drought resistant landscaping can be more cost effective over time than traditional landscaping. Though the initial cost is slightly higher than conventional landscaping because of the comprehensive design and cost of plants. Overtime, though, experts estimate that those with drought resistant yards save 36 cents per square foot annually due to decreased maintenance costs.

 

It’s More Manageable than Traditional Landscaping

Traditional landscaping requires weekly attention. From irrigation systems to mowing the lawn, there always seems to be some sort of upkeep involved. Drought resistant landscaping offers less matienance while still looking put together. 

 

Replace the Grass

Grass is the largest water waster in the yard and it’s the most high maintenance item, so considering other options is a great way to reduce your water waste and your time spent landscaping. 

 

Some drought resistant landscaping options include:

    • Artificial Grass: For a similar look to traditional grass without the maintenance
    • Gravel or Stone: This give your yard a modern and clean look without the water waste involved with grass
    • Mulch: Replacing your grass with mulch gives your yard a soft look without the upkeep of grass

 

Be smart in your garden

Gardens don’t always require flowers to look beautiful and put together. Consider some of the following plants to keep your garden attractive throughout a drought.

    • Ornamental Grasses: Not all grasses require water and upkeep. Some ornamental grasses worth planting include Little Bluestem,  Fountain Grass, Blue Oatgrass and   Purple Fountaingrass. 
    • Succulents: This one is a no-brainer. Succulents only need water once every 3-4 weeks, making the most popular garden choice during a drought. These plants come in a plethora of colors and sizes, so you can create an entire colorful garden with just these plants.
    • Perennials: If you are headstrong on having flowers in your garden then go with perennials which are sturdy and require less water than traditional flowers. Perennials to consider include Blanket flower, Russian Sage, Lavender and Yarrow.