Drought conditions are still raging through California and other places around the country. Surely there’s a way to balance the need to conserve water and the need to have a well kept outdoor landscaping scene, right? Well, there are plenty of ways that you can make the great outdoors really stand out. Below are the tips you need to take these ideas from just thoughts on paper to a vibrant landscape you’ll love.

Drought Friendly Landscaping

1. Switch to Gravel

Gravel doesn’t require the water that grass does, leaving you free to use that water elsewhere. Conservation standards require that we all make sacrifices. Who needs a bed of green grass when having water is far more important? You can also spice up the gravel with stone steps that lead up to the porch.

2. Potted Plants

Potted plants are just as good looking as their planted in the soil cousins, and they’re better for drought conditions. They also require a lot less water than when you have a garden bed to deal with. If you want to change out your plants regularly, you can always do that as well. It’s important to make sure that you are looking at all of your choices when it comes to choosing the best plants. Even though they will be in pots, it’s still wise to get drought-resistant plants that reflect the surrounding environment.

3. Increase Greywater Usage

What is greywater? It’s the water used in showers, baths, and sinks. It’s also used to clean clothes with the washer, and it’s important that we don’t waste greywater. There are many uses for it in the garden, and it’s a great way to get extra usage out of water that would otherwise be thrown out. Some people choose to have their house re-routed so it can save greywater, but if you’re not in the market for those repairs then you might just want to collect buckets of greywater in the shower and bath when you’re all done. Just letting the water run down the drain doesn’t help matters, you know.

Drought tolerant Landscaping

4. Invest in Awnings

One of the things that will truly affect how you enjoy the outdoors is whether or not you can stay cool. If you have no shade outside but you can’t plant anything tall enough to cover you, why not look at awnings? They are less expensive than they used to be and they extend out quite a ways from their post. Once installed, they can last a lifetime.

5. Go with Biodegradable Products Inside the Home

This last one makes sense if you’re going to increase your greywater usage. The last thing that you want is finding out that you’ve dumped toxins all over the food that you were growing in your garden. If you’re going to collect greywater, you want it as clean as possible so it won’t turn around and harm your plants. Thankfully, there are plenty of safe laundry detergents already available for purchase. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can make your own.

These tips will help you really bring out the best of your landscaping, even if you are under restrictions to conserve water.

By Caty