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March 7, 2023

How to Keep Your Drought Tolerant Plants Thriving! 

Drought tolerant plants

If you live in the Los Angeles area, you know that drought-tolerant plants are a must. But how do you keep your drought-tolerant plants thriving? It's not as hard as it may seem! With a few simple tips and tricks, you can ensure that your drought-tolerant plants stay healthy despite the hot summer months. Let’s take a look at what you need to know about keeping your drought tolerant plants flourishing. 

The first step to keeping your drought-tolerant plants thriving is to choose the right ones. Many plants are labeled as "drought tolerant," but their water requirements vary greatly. You'll want to select varieties that have lower water needs so they will be able to survive during long periods of dry weather. Some of the best choices include succulents, cacti, rosemary, lavender, and yucca. 

It's important to give your drought-tolerant plants enough water so they can stay hydrated during dry spells. However, it's also important not to overdo it with frequent shallow watering sessions; this can actually encourage shallow root development that is less resistant to heat and wind than deep roots would be. Instead, aim for deep but infrequent waterings every two weeks or so. This will help promote strong root growth while still providing adequate hydration for your plants in between rainstorms or irrigation cycles. 

Adding mulch around your drought-tolerant plants helps retain soil moisture and reduce evaporation from the sun's rays. A 2–3 inch layer of organic mulch (like wood chips or compost) is ideal for helping conserve soil moisture levels in between waterings. Additionally, regular applications of compost will help improve soil structure, which in turn helps it hold more water for longer periods of time—a great advantage during hot summer months! 

With just these simple tips and tricks, you can keep your drought-tolerant plants thriving all summer long! Remember to choose varieties with low water requirements; aim for deep but infrequent watering sessions; and add a layer of mulch and compost regularly around each plant. Doing so will help ensure that even during long dry spells in Los Angeles, your drought-tolerant plants stay healthy and happy year round!

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