Desert Landscaping | Plants for Dry Areas

If you reside in a geographic location where desert landscaping is clearly a necessity, maybe you have the possibility to see the huge lawns that are the golf courses.

However, counties and municipalities discourage those who own these lawns and yards and sometimes they will certainly even pay the owner to remove them because in these regions the only goal is to save and conserve water.

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Only those who do not have water in abundance, knows very well the value of this vital liquid. Water is an important and useful asset for these areas and a green yard or lawn is not quite a necessity.


If you are living in a location that is experiencing a terrible drought, it will certainly be worth all your efforts to contact a professional. A landscape professional knows and understand the area.  He knows very well, which are the indigenous plants and what you need to do to maintain and keep them alive in their natural habitat.

Of course, there are many methods and ways to save and conserve water and also many ways where your indigenous plants can thrive in any soil, even in sandy soil.

All you need is to add wind and heat to that mix the demand boosts for you to discover the right balance between your water bill and nature.

Natural plants like yucca and cactus and hedges are well suited to this habitat and add beauty and interest. They do not need a large amount of water a large amount of water and will thrive in this kind of soil. There are other numerous flowering plants, which are also suitable for this environment. Among them, we can meet poppies and lilies. A smart idea is to plant these flowers in ceramic pots where you can water directly the plant roots, without wasting the precious water. Another method to beat the water usage and heat is to have installed a timer with a professional irrigation drip systems. They water at precise hours, evenings or early in the mornings to avoid evaporation in the torrid heat of the midday.

Stone pathways through those indigenous plants create attractive lawns with perennials like bougainvillea, juniper or oleander. You can have also the benefit of beautiful and colorful living flowering plants, even if you are living in such dry place if you install window planters outside or inside of your home that save as well water.

How I mentioned above, watering in the morning or in the evening after the sun has gone down is perhaps, the best way to sustain the long and hot summer months. However, you can do more than that in order to save and conserve water. Inspect the soil and see if your plants need water. Many indigenous plants require a very small amount of water, especially in the autumn and winter. You need to water them only once a week. Many other species go dormant in these months and they do not need water.

If you have a large amount of concrete for driveways or walkways, bear in mind those areas reflect the best, the heat. They will raise in fact, the temperature around them and therefore around your home.