Drought Tolerant Ornamental Grasses For Water Conservation & Xeriscape Landscaping

Payment methods
There are many ornamental grasses that can thrive in very little water or no water after they are fully established. Heat loving ornamental grasses do best in hot climates where there usually is little annual rainfall. These water conserving plants are easy to maintain and generally tolerant of dry soils as well as being more resistant to pests and disease. Choosing the right ornamental grass for dry conditions is important.  For example, there are species in the carex (sedge) family that prefer wet soils and others species in the same family which prefer well drained, dry soils.

Read more ...

Outsidepride has put together a vast selection of ornamental grasses which are resistant to drought. Whether you live in a dry part of the country or are just trying to conserve water to save on your water bill, plants that thrive in low moisture areas are important choices.  Again, not all ornamental grasses are not all adapted to dry conditions. Even those that tolerate arid climates may need to be planted in a partially shady location for optimal performance. Determine the best location when planting in terms of soil fertility, drainage, and light conditions. Most ornamental grasses look and perform best in full sun, but some can tolerate partial shade, which is useful in hot, arid climates. Each grass listing on our website informs you as to whether or not it is a full sun or full sun to partial shade grass. 

Take these steps to ensure success when planting ornamental grasses which are tolerant of drought. Planting and site preparation are crucial to healthy plants that have drought tolerance.

1) Add organic matter to the soil to increase fertility, reduce weeds, and help conserve moisture.

2) Loosen the soil a foot around the base of the plant so newly forming roots can easily establish.

3) All grasses will need supplemental watering as they start sending down roots and are trying to establish. Keep them moderately moist for the first growing season.  In subsequents years, watch for browning and other signs of drought stress.

4) Many ornamental grasses will die out in the center which indicates it needs dividing. Dig it up in the dormant season and cut it into two to three pieces. Plant each divsion for a new grass plant, but don’t forget to water for one growing season.

Many studies estimate in hot, dry climates that 75% of a households' water is used to irrigate lawns and landscaping. Xeriscaping (the process of landscaping, or gardening, that reduces or eliminates the need for irrigation) helps preserve water as it is more reliant on natural rainfall and minimal maintenance when compared to traditional landscaping. Several studies have concluded that xeriscaping can reduce outdoor irrigation by 60% which will greatly reduce your water bill. There is no better way to start xeriscaping then with drought tolerant ornamental grasses!