A fun gardening activity that requires very little water; a cactus and succulent fairy garden! It is possible to have a beautiful yard even during drought years. Thank you, Scotts®, for sponsoring our writing and providing a great option for dry yards like ours.
The girls and I made a darling fairy garden in the spring and it lasted a couple of months, but with the super high temps and lack of rain, it wasn’t easy to keep it watered! We came from Ohio where it rained quite often in the evenings. We didn’t have automatic sprinklers because, for the most part, the evening thunderstorms did a great job at keeping this moist. That isn’t the case here! If we don’t water—the plants die. And that’s what happened to our fairy garden. Even occasional watering wasn’t enough to keep that pot hydrated. I have really bad luck with potted plants, that’s for sure!
(Some flowers need water more than others. Poor sunflowers!)
We’ve been more conscious about how much water we use. Since our lawn is our priority, we have it on a schedule and the only time we water our garden is when we empty the little kiddie pool every 2 weeks or so. We each grab a bucket and pour the pool water into the garden and bushes in our yard. Our city has placed water restrictions on our area, and have been asked NOT to wash our cars or participate in any activities that would cause water run off down driveways and into the gutters. This also means that we are conscious about making sure that our sprinklers aren’t watering the sidewalk or street.
Ideally, we would use this at the beginning of spring and continue to apply to our growing areas throughout the summer and early. Since it just became available at Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Orchard Hardware September 1st, we will apply it this month and continue in the spring. I hope we see results soon!
Here are more tips to maintain a lawn during dry conditions:
- Morning is Best: If you must water, morning is best. Water evaporates in the afternoon before plants can use it and can cause fungus or other diseases in the evening
- Mow High: Grass three or four inches long has deep roots to access underground moisture, reducing the need for surface watering
- Mulch Planting Beds: Mulch reduces evaporation and helps retain rainwater
- Adjust Sprinklers: Avoid watering the sidewalk and driveway
- Check for Leaks: Outdoor faucets, sprinklers and hoses can crack and leak
- Avoid the Wind: Watering on windy days can spray much more than your lawn and garden
What does the weather look like in your area? Can your remember your last rainstorm?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts® EveryDrop™.