Yardzen’s Philosophy on Drought

Posted on June 6, 2022

Drought is a critical issue across the country. Virtually all of the American West is experiencing prolonged, extreme drought conditions. Historically wet regions scattered across the South, Midwest, and East Coast are also experiencing persistent drought conditions, particularly in the Mid-Atlantic and Gulf areas.


Drought tolerant front yard landscaping

Drought tolerant front yard landscaping via Sunset Mag

Drought tolerant landscaping offers many easy and effective ways for homeowners to decrease their water consumption:

  • Removing or downsizing lawns can offer the greatest water savings, particularly in dry regions like the West.

  • Replacing thirsty ornamentals with low water native and climate-adapted plants can also yield major water savings.

  • Increasing tree canopy keeps plants cool and helps them require less water.

  • Mulching planting areas keeps soil cool and prevents moisture loss to evaporation.

  • Minimizing dark, heat island-inducing paving while maximizing permeable surfaces like gravel and planting beds lowers ground-level temperatures while helping to restore groundwater supplies.

  • Maintaining a water-efficient, leak-free irrigation system ensures that you don’t use any more water than you need to keep your plants healthy. Water should be applied at night, and weather sensors should be used to shut down systems during rainfall.


A drought tolerant front yard landscape design with Bear Grass, Cape Mendocino Reed Grass, Century Plant, and Emerald Carpet Manzanita.

A drought tolerant front yard landscape design with Bear Grass, Cape Mendocino Reed Grass, Century Plant, and Emerald Carpet Manzanita.

Yardzen’s team of designers, horticulturalists, and landscape contractors have years of experience and expertise in designing and building drought-tolerant yards. We’re committed to doing right by the planet by helping every homeowner design a water-smart yard.


Water-wise front yard designed by Yardzen in Los Gatos, California

Water-wise front yard designed by Yardzen in Los Gatos, California

Yardzen’s team can translate any landscaping style into a drought-tolerant space that pairs beautifully with your home, your lifestyle, and your vision for your yard. Whatever your needs may be – porch to pool deck, planting to play space – we’ll design a solution that works as well for you as it does for the planet.

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