In areas with little or intermittent rainfall, drought-resistant landscaping has become more desirable, if not necessary. Homeowners who replace thirsty lawns and gardens with water-wise plants and hardscape may face penalties or get refunds or incentives from some areas and towns. If you pass a house with a withering grass, it's likely that the occupants have stopped watering it and are intending to replace it with gravel, river stones, permeable pavement, and low- or no-maintenance ground covers, shrubs, trees, and perennials that don't require daily irrigation.

What Is Drought Resistant Landscaping?

"A period of dryness in the weather, especially when lengthy; specifically: one that causes severe harm to crops or inhibits their successful growth," according to the definition of "drought." The term "resistant" denotes "ability to withstand pain or suffering" in a general sense, and "relative capacity of an organism to grow or flourish when confronted to an adverse environmental condition" in a more particular meaning. With that in mind, we know that drought causes plants, crops, and wildlife to get dry and eventually perish due to a lack of rainfall and water. In simple terms, drought-resistant plants can survive for long periods of time without water.

How Much Does It Cost To Have Drought Resistant Landscaping?

Lawn replacement for a 2,000-square-foot yard may cost around $6,000, or $3 per square foot, including removal, installation, and watering. That implies a renovation might cost anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000, depending on the size of your lawn. 

Keep in mind that professional landscaping will considerably increase the value of your property when deciding on a budget. Spending 10% of your home's worth on landscaping is a good rule of thumb. So, if your home is worth $400,000, a landscaping expenditure of $40,000 is reasonable.

Also, you may be wondering "how can I make my yard drought-resistant?"  Drought-resistant plants should be chosen and planted. Request a list of people who are familiar with your region from your Garden Center salesperson. Conduct a soil test and modify existing beds and borders with organic materials like compost as needed. Decorative stones put over landscaping fabric or fiber mats can be used to mulch high-traffic areas.

Drought Resistant Landscape Ideas

Not sure where to start? Here are some drought resistant landscape ideas for you to ponder over.

Replace your lawn with artificial grass

We all know that grass is the most water-intensive and high-maintenance element in the garden. Aside from the water issue, grass requires maintenance such as mowing, mulching, aerating, fertilizing, re-seeding, and re-sodding. A lot of things to do, right?

Artificial grass relieves you of that responsibility and eliminates the need for water. Don't worry, the fake grass will make your landscape look gorgeous, green, and fresh. 

Celebrate succulents

Succulents may be the ideal option for gardeners searching for interesting drought-tolerant front yard ideas!  They are regarded as the highest growth category in the nursery sector, even surpassing the vegetable category, as they are true space and water savers.

Succulents provide gardeners searching for unique drought-resistant plants with a wide range of sculptural forms and hues.   st succulent plants only need to be watered once a month after they've established themselves.

Before planting succulents in your yard, you should examine the problems they may experience (too cold, too bright, too damp).

Drought Resistant Landscaping Rebate California

If you’re moving to California, or you’re thinking of custom building your home in the sunny city of California, then you can get some help with the cost of your drought resistant landscaping. Residents in the water authority's service area can apply to get a rebate of $3 for every square-foot of lawn they replace with drought-tolerant plants; $2 will be provided by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and $1 will come from the water authority. Use this calculator to estimate your rebate amount. We think you’ll agree that with incentives like this, many people will consider having drought resistant landscaping in California.


As you can see, while drought resistant landscaping may be costly and an investment for your future, there are many compelling reasons to consider it. Call us today on [NUMBER] to arrange a consultation to talk about your custom home plans to see what we can do for you to help with drought resistant landscaping. It really is the most eco-friendly way of having a beautiful garden in an area as warm and dry as sunny California! We’re looking forward to hearing from you, contact us today!

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