Proper plant care can be a difficult task — it is a science, after all. So following these simple tips can help you prevent plant drought and keep your best plants thriving throughout the year.
Choosing the Right Plants For Your Climate
First and foremost, creating a beautiful garden or landscape should be guided by the climate, not aesthetic or other plant benefits. If you live in a particularly water-strapped location like California, choosing H2O-guzzlers is not only frivolous, it’s irresponsible. Choose flowers and trees based on your climate zone to ensure that you’re not overconsuming resources. This also helps to ensure that you’re not transporting or encouraging the growth of non-native species that can be harmful to plants native to the region.
Knowing the Plant
Be sure to do a quick background check on any species you want to plant in your yard or garden to determine whether or not it can sustain based on rainfall alone or if it should be regularly watered by you. Different plants have different responses to too much water, so be sure to find out what kinds of signs to pay attention to when monitoring for dryness. Most plants will thrive when they’re watered deeply and thoroughly, regardless of regularity, so be sure to spend time watering each plant.
Getting on a Schedule
Of course, too much watering can be just as harmful as not enough, so be sure to keep regular notes or a mental log whenever you’re watering or when it rains. Because of this, you only want to water plants when it’s absolutely necessary. Maintaining that careful balance between too much water and not enough water may be as simple as keeping on a regular schedule — twice per week, once per week or once per month, for example — depending on the plant.