Drought-tolerant landscapes have many benefits, from being water-efficient to protecting soil and the local ecosystem. These types of landscapes are a worthwhile investment for any homeowner as they also reduce water bills and require less fertilizer and pesticide use.
Choosing drought-tolerant landscapes requires careful planning. First, make sure you know what type of soil you have on your property. A rocky or hard packed soil will discourage plant growth and look unattractive. Therefore, mulch and a drought-tolerant ground cover are recommended.
When designing your landscape, try to avoid plants that require a lot of water. Instead, choose plants that need less water and require minimal maintenance. These plants may even add aesthetic appeal to your home and can be an attractive selling point.
In addition to enhancing curb appeal, drought-tolerant landscapes also show you care about the environment. Choosing native plants will help you save water and maintain the local ecosystem. Native plants will also protect your property against pests and diseases. These plants also have a natural ability to survive in less water than their non-resistant counterparts.
What can drought-tolerant landscapes look like?
The Landscape Library has rounded up 10 of the most contemporary and elegant drought-tolerant landscapes located on the West coast with a touch of nature and simplicity.