In San Diego, we’ve been dealing with a drought for quite a while now.
It’s so bad that the City of San Diego is enforcing Mandatory Water Use Restrictions: unless you’re using drip irrigation or other water-efficient techniques (which a professional landscaper would be able to install for you), you’re not allowed to water any longer than 2 days a week, and only 5 minutes per day (the restrictions go even further than that, as you’re only allowed to water before 10AM and after 6PM).
On the surface this might seem like the very worst time to plant anything new… but, on the contrary, there is good reason why you should introduce new plants to your yard during a drought.
The Benefits of Planting during a Drought
Most people know that too much rain results in erosion, but did you know that not enough rain results in erosion as well?
It’s true: droughts lead to dry soil (obviously), which is more easily removed by the wind, and this wind-based erosion ruins soil structure and takes away the nutrients your plants need to thrive.
Doing all you can to prevent erosion will go a long way toward keeping your plants healthy, and one of the most effective things you can do prevent erosion is to establish new plants. Once the roots take hold, those new plants will help keep soil in its place.
Tips for Planting during a Drought
Of course, just because you should continue to plant doesn’t mean you should plant anything, anywhere.
Follow these few tips to promote the best health for both your new plants and also the plants you’ve already established:
- Do Your Research: Considering that we are in a drought, and we are sure to face droughts again, it would be wise to stay away from plants that require a lot of water and instead focus on plants that don’t need much water. Research the root structure as well, as the more roots you establish the bigger impact you will have on potential erosion.
- Spacing: What looks like more than enough space now might be a tight fit in the near-future. When you’re initially plotting where your new plants will go, forget about how it will look like in the present and focus on what it will look like a few years down the line when the plants are more grown. Crowding your plants is not recommended, because if that happens they’ll be competing for the same nutrients and they will all suffer for it.
- Grouping: To make maintenance as simple as possible, keep plants with similar watering, shade, and other requirements close together. This approach is often the most aesthetically pleasing option as well.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our landscaping services.