100% of our projects are installed with the use of drip irrigation to water the plants.
The Drip Irrigation System is an irrigation method which minimizes water use by allowing water to slowly “DRIP” to the “ROOT” zone of the plants by means of a network of ¾” drip line tubing, emitters and valves.
The water savings is incurred by delivering the water underground via drip and directly to the roots of the plants…instead of spraying water all through the air onto concrete driveways, cars, pedestrians, etc…only for all that wasted water to evaporate into the air.
If you have made a commitment to drought tolerant plants, then you must examine the environment the plants will be living in after planting…based on what the plants were living in at their “native” points of origin.
Most landscapers (even experienced landscapers) totally neglect this aspect of the plants. They think you can just dig a hole in the ground and just shove your drought tolerant plants in the hole–cover it up and expect it to grow. This cannot be further from the truth. Drought tolerant plants all come from places around the world that are extremely dry and arid. Likewise, the soil they are typically native to is composed of little organic materials and is abundant in composition with sand and small rocks. This is typically called “well-drained” soil…because the water flows through at a rapid pace and does not linger or remain wet. Therefore, the roots of these plants have thereby adapted to not tolerant to soggy, muddy, consistently wet conditions/soil…and they will die as a result of this type of damp condition exposure.
Why is it important to know about perennial drought-tolerant ground covers? Well, often your turfgrass of choice will not grow very well in dry soil. Wouldn’t it be nice if the same could be said of most types of weeds? Regrettably, such is not the case.
Yes, we are all too well aware that weeds will quickly invade a bare patch and take it over. So if you have ruled out turfgrass as an option or simply wish to grow perennials in that location because they are more attractive or more interesting than grass, you may get an idea for a drought-tolerant ground cover that fits the bill by reading the information below. Be sure to follow the links provided to learn more about how to grow the particular perennials suggested.