Landscaping In Dry Climates: What You Should Know

Many people have a specific image in their minds when they picture the perfect lawn and landscaping design. This almost always includes a thick, lush lawn of green grass. However, if you live in a dry or arid climate like a desert, or even in an area that is prone to drought in recent years, this ideal image may be more of a dream than a reality. Rather than continue to shell out money for the upkeep of a dying lawn, get to know some of the other landscaping options available to those of you who live in a dry or drought-prone climate. 

Artificial Grass

When many people think of artificial grass, they imagine the cheap plastic fake grass that you can buy by the bag or the rough texture of a miniature golf course. However, artificial grass has become increasingly popular in recent years, and it is far different than you imagined.

Sophisticated manufacturing has allowed companies to create artificial grass that looks realistic and is not the rough, uncomfortable material that you may believe it to be. In fact, artificial grass and turf is so well-made now that it feels just like the real thing. 

So, if you live in a dry climate but cannot break your desire for a lush green lawn, artificial grass may be your ideal solution. You will get that green lawn you want but will not need to perform much maintenance once it's installed. Artificial grass can last you for several years, even decades without needing to be replaced. 

Landscape With Indigenous Plants

If you are willing to let go of the image you have of green grass as far as the eye can see, you can put your creativity to use and have a great deal of fun by exploring the use of indigenous plants in your landscaping design. Indigenous plants are the vegetation that grew in the area in which you live prior to human intervention. 

If you live in a desert, for example, this often includes various types of cacti, shrubs, and trees. By making these plants focal points scattered throughout your yard, you can design your landscape to catch the eye. In between those indigenous plants, you can use rock and stone to create paths, borders, retaining walls, and even sculptures or planters to add variety to your design. 

While it is not the same as a green lawn, it is more unique, innovative and, of course, is far easier to maintain. Even in areas where grass can grow but you struggle with frequent droughts, using indigenous plants rather than grass could do you far more good than trying to continue to maintain dying grass. You will save money on water, spend less time trying to maintain your lawn, and have healthier vegetation and soil. 

As you can see, there are landscaping options available to you in dry climates that do not require you to spend your entire life and budget on grass lawn care. So, consider your options carefully as you design your home landscaping. For assistance, talk to a professional like Turf Pro Synthetics, LLC.