Tips for Drought-Tolerant Gardening

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Now that summer has finally arrived, homeowners are looking for ways to keep their gardens looking fresh and healthy during the hot and potentially dry months ahead. While we often get storms throughout the summer season, keeping gardens moist can be tricky.

If you want your garden to survive and are worried about the amount of water it could take to keep it looking lush, try some of these tips for drought-tolerant gardening instead.

Use Gravel & Aggregates

Wherever you want to cut back on the amount of lawn you have, try putting in a layer of gravel or other aggregates instead. Gravel also makes a great alternative to paving stones, because it blends in better with the rest of the garden and captures rainwater, keeping the ground moist.

Limit Your Potted Plants

Pots and containers scattered throughout your garden can add lots of nice visual interest to the space. But container gardening often requires more water than flowerbed gardening. Flowerbeds are able to preserve their moisture more easily, whereas containers dry out very quickly. Keep your containers to a minimum if you want a more drought-tolerant garden.

Prioritize Shady Areas

Keeping your beloved plants out of the sun is a great way to cut back on watering. If you have a large tree or several smaller shady spots, buy some shade-loving plants and plant them in the area. Plants like hostas and some perennials do well in shady areas and they won’t be dried out by the sun’s rays.

Choose Drought-Tolerant Plants

Make sure the plants you’re choosing for your garden aren’t going to need regular watering. And it might surprise you to know how many options you have for drought-tolerant plants, like:

  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Sedum
  • Thyme
  • Juniper
  • Sweet alyssum
  • Cornflower

Whether you’re looking for shrubs, herbs, flowers or grasses, you have lots of options!

Group Plants Together

Companion planting is a great way to encourage healthy plants. You want to plant flowers with similar needs together, so you can make sure they’re getting what they need. Grouping plants is also helpful for limiting the amount that the soil dries out. The more roots there are in the soil, the more moist it will stay – but make sure you avoid overcrowding.

For more tips for saving water this summer, read this blog from Dirt Cheap in Kitchener.

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