Today I am sharing our drought tolerant landscape design. Becoming drought tolerant is easier than it seems.
When we first moved into our 1950’s fixer-upper the first thing I noticed was the dead grass. Living in sunny southern California I know the only way to go is with a drought-tolerant landscape. At first, I wasn’t sure where to start. We have a small section in front of our front window, so I decided to start small.
This is what our front area looked like when we moved in.
As you can see it was a dirt patch with weeds!
Drought Tolerant Step One
The first step was to dig everything out. We removed all of the weeds and dug the dirt about 2 inches down from the concrete. This was easy but took the longest amount of time. Once all the dirt was dug down, I leveled the ground as much as possible.
Drought Tolerant Step Two
The second step was to add some weed cloth. I found a large roll of weed cloth at Home Depot. It’s a good idea to use weed cloth so the weeds don’t poke through your rock.
Weeds will grow anywhere so the weed cloth was a must in my book. The weed cloth is so easy to do. Literally, roll the cloth over the dirt and staple it into the dirt. When shopping we found the weed cloth staples right next to the weed cloth.
Once the cloth is secured into the ground, cut the extra bits that are hanging over the edge, and you are done.
Landscape Step Three – Layout Plants
Now I played around with the plant arrangement. Set the pots in all different configurations to figure out the layout. I spent a lot of my time getting the layout exactly how I wanted. Don’t miss this important step!
Move everything around then transfer the plants, this will save so much time in the long run. I decided on having the biggest plants in the middle. I went with plastic pots because we are on a budget and I like to save money where I can.
By choosing all black pots it made them look like they went together and helps hide the fact that they aren’t expensive.
This is the easiest step, transfer your plants into the pots. For the larger pots, I transferred them to the final spot. That way I didn’t have to drag a heavy pot into place.
Make sure you pick the right soil type. With all of our plants being drought tolerant, I made sure to get rocky soil that said drought tolerant on the bag.
In the Ground Plants
I decided to add a few plants to the ground too. This was very easy! All I had to do was cut a little hole in the weed cloth and simply dig and plant.
I think the contrast of plants in the ground and pots together adds a good variety.
The final step is to add the rock you want to use. White marble rock helps to add a nice contrast against the black pots. Simply dump the rock around the pots and plants and you are done.
(everything was purchased from Home Depot)
- Black pots $10 and under. Total Around $45.
- Weed Block Weed cloth $27.97
- Garden Staples $4.
- Kalanchoe Plant $7.
- Cordyline Plant $14.98
- Marble chips/rocks 3 bags at $4.18. Total $12.54
- Soil $10
Project total: $120.00
In conclusion, this affordable drought-tolerant landscape completely transformed the front of our house. Leave me a comment below with any of your drought-tolerant suggestions.
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