I would like to take this opportunity to one of the down sides to living in California. The sun is always shining and we don’t have to deal with snow and other extreme weather crippling our lives, but we totally dehydrated!
California is in serious manic mode and doing everything we can to conserve water. There are new laws being implemented that limit the frequency and time of day you can water your lawn or garden and I’ve noticed a few business’ removing their grass completely and installing Drought Tolerant Landscaping.
I’m sorry to say I’m not very happy with this situation. All “Drought Tolerant Landscaping” looks like dead weeds and rocks. It’s not very appealing and I would put off making that change as long as I could.
I was doing a little research and was happy to see my kneeling pad will still get used. There are flowers that can hold up with limited water and I also found out your soil can play a huge part. A drought tolerant garden grows from the ground up, you’re going to want soil that will retain the water and support the plants. That’s the basis to any Drought Tolerant Garden.
Grow the soil first because that means plants will need less water and fertilizer. Out here there is a lot of clay in our dirt; a little compost can really help. You want to make sure your soil is soft and will allow water to go deep. Instead of watering every day, practice deep watering only a few times a week. Deep watering will allow the roots to follow the water downward, where it will find natural reservoirs.
Lastly, in regards to those hideous rocks, you want to put something down to help keep your dirt moist. On these scalding days, your water can potentially evaporate quickly ultimately wasting it. I’d use something like our rubber mulch instead. The rubber mulch comes in a variety of colors to help keep your garden looking nice and will hold up for many many years while allowing water to get to your soil and not evaporate so fast.