The Gardener’s Guide to Xeriscaping

Use this drought garden strategy to conserve water in any environment.

No matter where you live, conserving water helps you, the plants and our environment, too. There are many things gardeners can do to conserve water. One that tops the list is to use plants that minimize water use. This is called xeriscaping. Here’s how:

Look for plants that survive on your average local rainfall

You may have to water during unusually dry periods, but they won’t need constant watering if Mother Nature cooperates. These drought-tolerant plants can handle dry weather.

Let nature be your guide

Select native plants that are suitable for your growing conditions.

Group plants by water needs

This saves time and water, concentrating your efforts to specific areas rather than individual plants scattered throughout the yard. Learn the best time to water your plants.

Limit moisture-loving plants to high-visibility areas

This gives you the greatest impact for the water and effort. Or try these flowering drought-tolerant ground cover plants.

Improve your soil!

Add compost and other organic material to improve water-holding capacity. Here’s how to make a DIY compost bin.

Design landscapes that conserve water rather than waste it

Create windbreaks and shade structures that help reduce water loss. Here’s more tips to conserve water in the garden.

Mulch plantings with organic materials

This conserves moisture and reduces erosion. Ask the garden expert: Is it OK to use rubber mulch?

Let your lawn grow to its the tallest recommended height

Tall grass forms deeper roots and tolerates drought better.

Let grass go dormant during drought

Believe it or not, it will bounce back once the rains come. Here’s more tips for beating the heat in your summer garden.

Recycle water from downspouts and other areas

Many new water-collecting systems are designed to store water but keep out mosquitoes. Check with your municipality for any local restrictions. Here’s how to plant a rain garden.