It seems like drought and dry conditions get worse every year. If you have been noticing that your yard and lawn really don’t seem to like these dry conditions, then you’re not alone.
Many homeowners are looking for ways to keep their lawn looking nice and green even when things get dry and hot. Nobody wants their lawn to look ragged and seem like it isn’t being cared for.
Luckily, there is still a way to keep your lawn green even when you are in a drought. Many people don’t know that it’s possible and just write off their green lawn until it rains again.
In this article, I will give you several tips to keep in mind for when drought conditions are coming so you can have a nice, green lawn anyway.
1 – Drought resistant grass
Before the drought hits, it’s a good time to be thinking about the kind of grass you want. There are a lot of grass varieties that are water sipping and don’t need much so they can grow green in a drought.
Have your lawn redone with fescue species and you can have a nice looking lawn no matter what. Once it is done, then have a company come to set up a plan on taking care of the lawn so you know it will be done properly.
They’ll be able to tell you the best height of the cut to not go too low and cause stress on the grass that can lead to it getting brown and dry. They can also tell you how much to aerate, and if you should at all during a drought.
2 – Downsize your lawn
Less grass is actually going to help keep your yard looking good when it gets dry. Take out some of the yard and put in some additional landscaping. You don’t have to totally get rid of it, but in some spots, add a rock garden with some accents with plants that love the dry conditions.
You can also use a portion of the lawn for a vegetable garden and make it more practical so you aren’t using water on your grass that can instead be used to grow veggies.
3 – Practice permaculture
Part of downsizing the lawn is using permaculture techniques to get the most out of the water that you use. With less grass to water, you can get more out of the water sources that you do have.
For instance, you can create a water collection system that will allow you to use rainwater that you’ve been harvesting for these dry conditions. Your roof is a perfect rainwater catcher and then use a gutter to funnel it into a basin or cistern. If you put them underground, then you can collect a lot of water and not lose any to evaporation.
Lastly, you can also get yourself a well and water your lawn to your heart’s content even during a water ban!