Drought Tolerant Landscaping: Beautiful and Responsible
Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner—or both—you probably want your property to be beautiful and inviting. Ensuring that it is requires thoughtful landscaping. There are numerous things that one must consider when choosing a landscaping plan for one’s property. The natural environment in the region in which the property is located is one such consideration.
Climate is a major factor when planning how to landscape a property. In regions where rainfall is scarce, for example, it is wise to opt for drought resistant landscaping. This can save a property owner both time and money. If the natural level of rainfall is less than would be needed to sustain a particular landscaping plan, it can become extremely costly and time-consuming to provide water. Therefore, one should always research the climate and the water requirements for a particular landscaping plan.
Drought tolerant landscapes are not just about saving time and money, however. In areas where water shortages are an issue, a drought resistant landscape choice can be a great way to serve the environment by avoiding waste of potable water. Furthermore, in certain areas, which are prone to drought and water shortages, property owners may actually be barred from watering their lawns or other landscape features.
What Does a Drought Tolerant Landscape Look Like?
When some people picture a drought tolerant landscape, they may imagine something drab and devoid of life. However, this needn’t be the case. As a matter of fact, a drought resistant property can be vibrant and full of life. It simply requires making some different choices in terms of vegetation and a bit of creativity in presentation.
Creating a Drought-Resistant Property
When landscaping, it’s always a good idea to have a plan in place. Choosing the right plants is the key to successfully creating a beautiful landscape that isn’t vulnerable to drought. Succulents are a great choice in many areas, for example. Cactuses and their cousins can be very lush and vibrant, with many offering beautiful flowers throughout the seasons. In addition to choosing beautiful but drought hardy plants, one should also consider the other features of the landscaping. For example, instead of grass around the boarder of a bed, a colorful blend of river rocks or sand may be easier to maintain, and just as inviting. There are also other types of groundcover which are more resistant to drought than traditional grasses. Finally, don’t discount the appeal of adding walkways, statuary, benches, and other non-living features to your property. Birdfeeders can also bring life to your arrangements—not only by choosing a beautiful feeder but because of the birds that will enjoy your drought tolerant landscape!