Climate change has had a major impact on our weather, causing adverse effects such as drought. The decline in rainfall has made areas dryer than usual, which has resulted in water rationing and hose-pipe bans in order to conserve water. If action is not taken to combat climate change, drought and other adverse weather will be more frequent and continue to have a direct impact on our daily lives.
In times of drought, your garden maybe suffering the consequences. One way to target this, is to create a drought friendly garden.
Replace the lawn with wildflowers
Having a perfectly curated lawn may be pleasing to the eye, however, to keep it looking good all year round, it requires a vast amount of water, especially during warmer months. Planting native wildflowers in its place will reduce the need for watering. As an added bonus, it will also encourage pollinators to your garden and provide a habitat for other wildlife.
Swap grass for gravel
Replace grassy areas with gravel. This will reduce the need for watering as well as covering dry, exposed pieces of parched soil. It also makes a perfect setting for a Mediterranean-style selection of plants.
Grow drought resistant plants and flowers
Help to conserve water by growing plants that thrive in dryer conditions. Plants with grey or silver leaves typically have a higher tolerance to drought. There are many plant species that can survive hot, dry weather, including:
- Bearded Iris
- California Poppy
- Various types of cacti
- Various types of succulents
- Olive Tree
Many of these plants also produce colourful flowers that will brighten up any garden. Be sure to group plants with similar water and light requirements together so they can all grow well.
Use decorative rockery for landscaping
Mulch your plant beds
Placing mulch on your plant and flower beds helps to trap moisture in the soil. It also keeps weeds at bay that may compete with your plants for water.
When rainfall is not as frequent, water restrictions are put in place to help conservation. During this time, it may be difficult to maintain your garden. By collecting rain in water butts you can ensure you have a lasting supply of water for your plants and flowers.
Top tip: water early morning to avoid instant evaporation and fungal disease caused by water sitting overnight.