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Gardening and Lawn Care in Drought Conditions

Drought conditions can cause lawns and plants in gardens to die off if they are not kept watered. But doing this without much water can be done by even a novice gardener. By simply changing watering habits and mulching, gallons of water can be saved as well as it helps to lessen stress on plants.


The best times to water plants is in the mornings or evenings when it is the coolest time of the day. Watering in the hottest times of the day is not efficient. Up to 90 percent of water that is placed on a garden or lawn during the heat of the day is lost. The water will just evaporate before it has time to reach the roots of the plants. Timers on sprinkler systems should be set for just after dark in the evenings after the heat has let up. This will allow the water to reach the roots and give the plants a chance to soak up what they need for the next day. Also, it's a good idea to check the direction that the sprinklers are aimed at.They sometimes get forgotten about because of the night time watering, and the sprinklers end up watering the streets and the neighbor's house.

Drip Systems

Drip irrigation for the larger plants and trees is also very effective. An inexpensive system can be set up that will allow a lot less water to be used than with a hose. Small micro-sized sprinklers are available and can be used to water flowers and vines. Drippers are available for use on the bigger plants, as well as trees. They can be purchased to water plants in different amounts, some as little as a gallon per hour. Drip system timers can also be purchased relatively inexpensively to set the time for the evenings.


Mulching in hot weather provides the roots some protection from heat, directly penetrating the soil. Mulch also helps to maintain moisture through the day by absorbing the water from the evening watering. This not only keeps the ground cooler, but it will also allow moisture to be released into the soil as it dries out from the heat of the day.

Disturbing the soil

During drought conditions, soil should not be tilled or disturbed. When the soil is mixed it softens the ground, allowing the moister to evaporate more quickly. Planting and weeding should also be done in the mornings or evenings to also limit the ground from being disturbed.

During times of drought, cities are usually less happy with yards that use lots of water. So, trying to keep water use down to a minimum is very important. These are ways that help to conserve water in the yard and garden, but there are other ways to help water gardens and lawns in drought conditions. Try using household grey-water to help water gardens and lawns through drought conditions. It's a simple process to set up, and can save gallons of water and help keep a few extra dollars in the pocket.

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SLGarcia wrote on June 24, 2014, 2:11 PM

When my brother lived in the Central Valley of California, which is extremely hot in the summer, he would set his sprinkler timer to go on in the middle of the night - for 15 minutes. He always had a beautiful green lawn.

madhavan_as wrote on August 25, 2014, 10:07 AM

nice and good to read. Your Ideas can make a difference in output levels.

keishafaye100 wrote on November 26, 2014, 8:21 PM

I am very guilty of over watering my lawn, or even not watering it for weeks. It might be time to change my watering habits, before things get worse.