How to landscape despite the drought

Landscapers offer advice to keep your garden alive during dry conditions

HOUSTON - Before you invest and start your spring landscaping, you may want to think twice about the type of plants and trees you choose for your garden or yard.

Texas is back in a drought with parts of southeast Texas in an extreme drought. Landscapers have some advice to keep your garden alive in our dry conditions.

"You definitely want to pick the right plants and a lot of them are labeled now: Drought tolerant and drought resistant," said Jared Durham, AJ's Landscape Supervisor.

As we head into summer, many meteorologists fear this will be another summer where more than half of the country including right here in Texas will be dried up by drought.

Landscapers say homeowners can start by doing a few simple things, like not watering your plants too much to get them used to drier conditions. Also add 2 to 3 inches of mulch around plants with an organic fertilizer.

If you're landscaping your garden or yard now, you may want to re-think grass, which is hard to maintain in a drought. Landscape architects recommend zero-scaping, which means no grass.

"Which is where you really try to conform the landscape so that it doesn't require as much water," said J'Nell Bryson, Landscape Architect.

Landscape architects recommend plants and trees like Boxwood, Indian Hawthorn, Crape Myrtle, Red Oak, Begonias and Star Jasmine.

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