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How to Make Your Yard More Drought Tolerant This Summer

Many states have had some serious issues with a prolonged drought. It may be difficult to keep your yard looking lush and green, especially if you rely on a sprinkler or irrigation system. But there are some things you can do to make your yard more drought-tolerant. Here are a few ideas.

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Yard Watering

Consider skipping the daily watering during the milder months. Instead, you might use a “wildlife watering” ritual to put out food for animals and birds in spring and summer. This saves water and provides thirsty animals with a drink. The cool thing about this idea is that you can use any type of food to feed the wildlife, whether leftover scraps from your kitchen or junk mail.

Mulch

Dry mulch boosts the soil’s water-retaining abilities and reduces evaporation, so use some. Dump it in the yard in fall and spring, but save your favorite perennial plants for summer. If you’re concerned about future drought, consider planting drought-tolerant plants.

Planting Your Yard

Start planting trees, shrubs, and perennials to become established over time and eventually help save water. Remember to water these plants initially, but once they’ve established themselves, they’ll be better able to keep themselves watered.

Minimize Evaporation

Remove the grass that would normally help cool your yard in summer and replace it with a water source like an automatic waterer or pond. Watering the yard frequently can kill the grass and make it less drought-tolerant. If you have an area of grass, mulch it to reduce evaporation.

Use Native Pines

These long-lasting trees help soak up moisture and store it in the soil. They also provide shade and attract wildlife, so you don’t have to worry about watering them. If you want to attract birds, you might consider adding a birdbath or pond. This keeps the water cool during the summer and attracts insects, birds, and other wildlife. Consult with a service, like Ever Green Tree Services & Landscaping, for more ideas when it comes to utilizing native plants and trees.

Add a Rain Barrel

Dry grasses, mulch, and even the soil will collect rainwater in the barrel so you can use it later on. The last thing you want to do is waste all the water that falls during a rainstorm, so start thinking about putting one up now. This way, you’ll be prepared when it starts getting hot outside.

Consider Replacing Your Grass With Drought-Resistant Plants

These plants offer a natural variety of textures, colors, and growing habits perfect for many different areas. Try putting in large quantities of ground covers like thyme or succulents around buildings, walkways, or flower beds. These plants can perform the same function as grass does without long-term maintenance requirements.

Control Mowing

Instead of mowing down your lawn, consider training it with a shrub or tree, which requires less water and time. This will also keep your grass cleaner, so it looks better over time. To train the grass, repeatedly remove some grass to create a more natural look.

The best thing to do when you notice your yard is more drought-tolerant than usual is to have a backup plan in case of a long-term drought. This means talking to your friends, family, and neighbors about what you’re doing and making sure you have a way to stay cool when it gets hot.

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Author Bio:  Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. She writes most often on education and business. To see more from Emma, say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2

 

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