Drought-Resistant Plants

The advantages of drought-resistant grass

Whether you're a gardening hobbyist or just take pride in a thick, green, even lawn, drought-resistant plants and drought-resistant grass are insulated against the unpredictability that comes with hot summer weather. An extended period of hot and dry weather can wreak havoc on your lawn, particularly if you live in a region that enforces watering bans during these periods. Slow-growing plants and drought-resistant lawns offer an alternative to suffering through the weather and hoping for the best.

The list of available greenery includes everything from drought-resistant grass seed and drought-resistant trees as well as drought-resistant shrubs and a wide range of flowering plants. Their ability to survive with minimal watering means they have many advantages over regular plants, both for your pocketbook as well as the environment.

Why Use Slow-Growing Plants?

Creating a new, ecologically friendly yard and garden filled with slow-growing plants saves you a great deal of labor. Drought-resistant grass only needs to be cut about once a month, or one-quarter as frequently as regular grass. More importantly, this means you'll run your lawn mower 75 percent less, which has the potential to save a lot in the way of toxic emissions while slashing your fuel costs. If you pay someone for yard maintenance, you stand to save even more. For example, if you're paying a professional landscaper $30 a week to cut your grass, your annual savings could total more than $500 because you'll be cutting down your mowing frequency so dramatically.

Drought-resistant grass and drought-resistant plants also require far less watering, which is a boon if you have to make it through a municipal watering ban, but also helps the environment. Your local water resources are in the greatest demand during hot weather, and anything you can do to relieve the burden goes a long way.

To be optimally eco-friendly, you can use rainwater collection techniques to create stores for the minimal watering your plants will need. This approach allows you to grow a lush lawn and a verdant garden without using a drop of tap water.

Drought-resistant plants are engineered to work well in a range of soil types, and can thrive even in poor soil with relatively few nutrients. Making them part of your home landscaping pays dividends, both now and in the future.