Cleaning Up Your Own Backyard

4 Drought-Resistant Landscaping Ideas

by Warren Garcia

Landscaping when you live in an area of the country with an arid climate, frequent droughts, or water restrictions can be a bit tricky but is definitely not impossible. The key is to embrace your local climate and work with it instead of attempting to force water-intensive landscaping to work.  If you incorporate drought-resistant plants and design into your landscaping, you will have a beautiful outdoor space that requires little water or maintenance. Here are four ideas for drought-resistant landscaping:

Add a Succulent Garden

Succulents are beautiful, unique, and come in a large variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, from dainty hens and chicks to large agave plants. Best of all, they need very little water and do best in hot, sunny climates. A skilled landscape services designer will create a unique succulent garden that incorporates the artful use of succulents, stone or gravel, and decorative grasses for a cool look.

Consider Adding Artificial Grass

If you are really attached to having grass in your yard, consider switching to artificial grass. While artificial grass often conjures visions of bright AstroTurf, today's artificial grass is actually very realistic and natural looking, and can mimic the appearance of different types of grass to suit your preferences. Artificial grass is soft, easy to care for, looks great, and never needs to be watered.

Add a New Patio

If a big section of your yard is devoted to a new patio, that will greatly reduce the amount of your yard that requires watering and upkeep. Plus, adding a patio maximizes your home's living space and gives your family the perfect place to spend time while enjoying your sunny climate. Your landscaping company will help you determine which patio material is best for your style and budget, with concrete and flagstone being popular options.

Try Xeriscaping

Xeriscaping is an eco-friendly landscape style that relies on native plants, trees, flowers, grasses, and shrubs, instead of forcing the growth of non-native species which tend to require much more water and maintenance. With xeriscaping, you can have a beautiful yard that is as elaborate or as simple as you would like. Since xeriscaping focuses on plants that grow naturally in your climate, they typically require very little watering or fertilizing, thriving all on their own. 

By working with a landscaping company with experience designing drought-resistant yards, you will be able to enjoy a gorgeous outdoor space without wasting water. Do you need help with your outdoor space? Contact a business such as Boulder Works