Quick guide for drought-resistant landscaping in Frisco, Texas
The dry heat of the summer can be tough! Tough on people, tough on energy costs…and really tough on lawns. The best landscaping plans are those that are easy to maintain, use readily available resources, and require less water.
Here is a quick guide to getting – and keeping beautiful, lasting landscaping that is resistant to our tough Texas conditions.
Drought-resistant landscaping tips
Start with great soil
Not all soils are created equal when it comes to dry climates. Try these soil ‘enhancements’ to help your drought-resistant landscaping flourish.
- Look for soils designed for plants such as cacti, succulents, palm, or citrus. Mix this in with your current soil, and all-purpose garden soil.
- If you can plan far enough ahead, mix in old leaves from the fall with your soil to create a moist compost. If leaves are not an option until next year, there are plenty of other additives to ensure your soil can collect water well. Manure, peat moss, bark, sawdust, wood shavings, grass clippings, and kitchen vegetable trimmings are all great materials to mix in with soil.
- Protect with mulch. After achieving nutrient-rich dirt with the last steps, top it off with a 3-inch layer of mulch. Mulch helps keep moisture from evaporating from the soil, helps regulate temperature, and prevents weeds. Sloped areas are optimal for plants and mulching as more water will soak into the ground.
Pick the right low-water plants
There are so many plants that can thrive in a dry environment. Being drought-resistant doesn’t mean you are stuck with a ho-hum landscape. Be sure to note the water needs for each species of plant and strategically group those with similar water requirements. Here are some great drought-resistant plants to consider:
Drought-resistant Grasses – Choose varying heights to create drama
- Little Bluestem
- Fountain grass
- Blue Oatgrass
- Purple Fountain grass
- Blue Fescue
- Pampas grass
- Pink Muhly grass
- Zoysia grass
- Black-eyed Susan
- Ice Plant
- Blanket flower
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Saving lawns and water bills – one rain barrel at a time
Did you know that the average roof collects 600 gallons of water for every inch of rain?
Rain barrels are an excellent way to make your landscaping both sustainable and affordable. There are a few specifics to consider: Do you want gutters to feed into your barrel? Do you want a freestanding barrel? Do you have a sloped yard where you could discreetly place a barrel at the bottom to catch water flow? Do you want a spout or hose attachment from your barrel? Are you okay with dipping a water pitcher into your barrel?
- For family and garden safety keep in mind:
- Rain barrels should be clean and free from any harmful chemicals
- Rain barrels need a screen over the opening to keep mosquitos out
- Don’t use water from rain barrels for cooking
- If contained water starts to smell, you can add goldfish or vinegar to help keep it clean
- There are store-bought options, or you can make your own attached to a gutter or standalone!
- The timing of your watering routine can make a difference in how plants perform. Lawn and garden plants do best when watered early in the morning before temperatures get high, and the weather conditions are tame. However, research shows potted plants do best if watered in the afternoon or early evening. Be sure your potted plants are getting some shade, or you might need to water multiple times throughout the day.
- Purchase a moisture meter to prevent overuse of water resources when your soil does not need attention.
No-maintenance landscaping options
Perhaps taking care of grasses, flowers, and shrubbery just isn’t where you want to place your efforts and attention. Never fear – you can create stunning, low, or no-maintenance alternatives for your front and backyard.
- Embrace hardscaping! Concrete, decorative stone, pavers, and bricks all require very little upkeep and make it a breeze to host relaxing outdoor living activities. Place irregularly shaped rocks to pave an attractive path or border. Human-made gravel works best for high-traffic areas as it offers more stability for footing. Organic, natural stones are best for looks, not pathways. Leave gaps between pavers to provide spots for water to soak into the ground.
- Think outside the box with outdoor rugs, a beach-themed area, or creating a curtained cabana feel on your back deck.
- Complement your hardscape with spots of artificial grass to keep some lush areas for play. Artificial grass has come a long way in feel and durability. It won’t stain your children’s clothes and requires no maintenance, sun, or rain.
There are also other ways to dress-up hardscaped areas. Outdoor dining furniture, fire pits, hammocks, statues, seating areas, and outdoor lighting heighten backyard living. Fountains and other water features might seem like an odd choice for a dry area, but their smart designs capture and reuse water continuously. Click here to see several inspiring ideas.
Making a move to drought-resistant landscaping can provide significant benefits for water conservation, adding curb appeal, and cutting excessive water bills during hot summers.
Do you need help with your landscape design or installation? Give us a call at 214-597-2985 — we have many fabulous landscape companies listed in our 2020 Service Directory we’d love to share with you.
About the Judi Wright Team
Judi Wright/The Judi Wright Team is a real estate group specializing in the suburbs of Frisco, Plano, and surrounding areas. Named the “Best Realtor in Dallas,” by D Magazine thirteen times and a Five Star Realtor with Texas Monthly eight times. Judi is also a Company-Wide Top Performer with Ebby Halliday, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate.