Landscapers Adapt to Drought by Using Alternative Landscape Options

The ongoing drought has made businesses, garden owners, and landscapers change the way they look at their yards.

But landscapers say now is still a good time to put in plants and trees, they just may cost you a little more and look a little different.

Businesses and home owners have more options for landscaping than they probably realize.

Even though officials with Longo Landscaping say business is down with the drought, they're finding new ways to make yards come alive.

Landscape coordinator Micheal Hague says landscaping in the drought is about efficiency and planning for when we do get rain.

That's why his latest project has a desert theme.

It includes drought resistant plants and grass.

“Doing things where you don't have to do big expansive areas of grass, doing just decorate gravel areas, you know there are so many things you can do with gravel these days as far as coloring and then boulders, there are things like that that give you color without having to plant stuff,” says Hague.

Being adaptable has helped his company survive during the drought, despite having less business.

“Our business is down about 60% from last year, it's been a struggle, but like i said it's gone from more stone laying than it has to landscaping, we're doing more hardscaping,” says Hague.

And to keep what they do plant alive he installed two types of drip for the Bermuda grass and one for plants.

“We just have one emitter on each plant and you can adjust that throughout the season for some plants might need less water and some might need more and that's the way you can adjust that,” says Hague.

Although installing a drip system does come with a bigger price tag compared to most sprinkler systems... He says your lower water cost will make up for it.

“About a 20-30% increase in cost but in efficiency and how much water you use in the long run with in two to three years you can start to see that recoup,” says Hague.

Most things Hague plants will survive on the little rain we could get in the spring, which he says will be enough to get them through the summer, so for now he just focuses on native plants, drip systems and alternative ways to add color to your yard while hoping things get better soon.

“You know we'll pray for rain, maybe we'll get some this spring, they say it's gonna be wet so, so that's all I can do is pray for more rain,” says Hague.

Hague says water collection systems and mulch are two other tools that can help keep your lawn green while dealing with the drought.

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