The residents of Georgia have endured drought conditions in the past and still suffer some of its impacts. Even without a drought, the homeowners that use municipal water and sewer systems in Georgia pay some of the highest rates in the country for these services.
For these reasons, you may want to switch to a more drought-resistant landscape design. A drought resistant landscape can stay beautiful even in dry conditions. The switch may save you money in utility costs over the years and potentially time in upkeep. Here are a few ways to create to make a yard more drought tolerant without any sacrifice.
Have Healthy Soil
Plants thrive more easily in healthy soil. Luckily, Georgia has a high level of clay soil, which retains moisture better than a sandy soil. The result is that plants grown in water-retentive clay are less at risk during short periods of dry weather. Clay also holds in nutrients better than other soil types, but it can become hard and drain too slowly after a substantial rain.
You should boost the health of the soil before a large landscaping project. Start with a pH test to see if the soil needs correction. A pH level of 6.0 to 7.0 is the desired range for most plants. Add mulch to loosen the soil and to boost nutrient levels. Aerate any packed areas of clay by breaking the soil gently with the tines of a garden fork.
Choose Products Carefully
Replace an old, unhealthy lawn or install a lawn for a new construction by using drought-tolerant sod. The use of sod will reduce the amount of water needed for growth compared to seed. It also creates an instant lawn that lowers the risk of soil erosion.
Zoysia and Bermuda grass are two popular grass species. They each form a lush, thick lawn that tolerates heat and dry conditions. The grasses may not thrive in heavily shaded areas, so consider a shade and droughttolerant groundcover for shady regions instead. Homeowners can choose creeping thyme, periwinkle, and creeping barberry, among many others.
The use of drought-resistant plants makes it easier to keep gardens healthy without excess water or fuss. Lavender, mimosa, and verbena are some of the plant options that will work well in most Georgia gardens.
Another possibility is to create some focal points that do not consist of grass at all. Pavers with displays of potted plants and container gardens can give the desired colors wanted in the yard without the need for excess water and time. Potted flowers and vegetables will use less water because the pots prevent water runoff.
Tend Grass Properly
Always mow the grass to the highest recommended length for its species because the blades need more exposed length for effective photosynthesis. Use mowers with sharp blades to prevent damage to the grass and to avoid the risk of pulling the grass out of the soil.
Clay soil only needs a half-inch of water at a time. A sign of too much water usage is if the water drains from the yard to the street, sidewalk, or walkways. If the yard seems too dry, consider watering more often, but not necessarily adding more water at one time. Always water the lawn in the evening because less will evaporate at this time of the day.
A beautiful lawn is something that all homeowners want. To begin, correct the soil and then contact us. At Wright Turf Farms, we can help you to find the perfect species of grass for your yard. We can help you to have the lawn of your dreams that can stand up to the weather conditions as well the traffic from pets, kids, and others. Contact us to learn more.