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The Best Drought Tolerant Trees for Your Backyard

Do you live in a dry climate? Planting trees that don’t need a lot of water is a great idea for your landscaping!

If you are living in an area that is very dry and doesn’t receive a lot of rainfall, it is only natural to look for plants that can survive this type of climate. Areas that have long, dry, and hot summers also need to have gardens suited to withstand these type of conditions. It is always exciting to see trees online that look beautiful but we have to be realistic. Can these types of trees survive in the conditions we live in? After asking for help from a lawn care specialist, I’ve put together a list of some drought tolerant trees that not only look great but don’t need a lot of water!

Evergreen Trees

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Cedar, oak, and pine all fall into the evergreen tree category. These trees are all deep-rooted and can handle long summers with little or no water. If you live in a climate that has little precipitation, evergreen trees are a good choice to plant around your home. They are fast growers, and can quickly become shade trees in just a few years of being planted. One of my favorite things about evergreen trees is that they remain green and functional through more than one growing season. This means that even in the winter time they will remain green without loosing their leaves. Most trees with completely lose their foliage during the winter and dry season, which is something you also want to keep in mind when choosing trees for your yard.

Hackberry

If you are looking for a tree that needs little maintenance, the hackberry is a tree known to landscape professionals as “one tough tree”. The hackberry can tolerate all kinds of conditions and can be seen planted all the way from Canada to Florida. It can survive a wide variety of temperatures and can tolerate little to no rainfall, strong wind, and lots of air pollution. If you are looking for a hardy tree, the hackberry is a good landscape choice that doesn’t need watering.

Southwest Shade Trees

These leafy desert shade trees work very well in hot climates with little precipitation. Most southwest shade trees are easy maintenance trees that have few pest or tree disease issues. Some of these species are actually native to places like Arizona and Southern California. They have evolved to survive and thrive in drought conditions, so if you live in an area like this a southwest shade tree may be a great choice for you! Some southwest trees include acacia trees, mesquites, and palo verde trees. They can all survive with little moisture and in the driest conditions!

Kentucky Coffeetree

The Kentucky Coffeetree is a very drought-resistant tree that works in a wide variety of dry climates. It can easily adapt to a variety of soils, that is why it is a very popular option for homeowners across the United States. An interesting thing about the Kentucky Coffeetree is that is is very tolerant of pollution, and is a tough species that thrives in tough climates. It can be used as an ornamental or shade tree to plant on your front lawn or backyard.

Fruitless Olive Trees

Olive trees are one of my favorite trees, but unfortunately they are banned in many US states because of their fruits clogging up road drains and attracting wildlife. Fruitless olive trees on the other hand are exactly what they sound like, olive trees that bear no fruit! These trees need well-draining soil and most fruitless olive trees are drought tolerant but need regular water until a good root system has developed. So if you have the time to water these trees in your garden until they can live on their own, they make wonderful trees that not only look beautiful but also retain their foliage even in the winter time!

Live Oak

The live oak is one of my favorite trees and you may recognize it as being an iconic tree of the south. The live oak can be seen today in the south lining many driveways and roads, and it is a very impressive tree that can live to be hundreds of years old. The live oak is tolerant to drought and can adapt to various soil types, can tolerate soil compaction and also salt spray.

Northern Catalpa

Most of the trees that we have listed above are typical shade trees. The northerm catalpa is something quite different and makes a beautiful decorative tree. The catalpa blooms with white flowers and has giant heart-shaped leaves that hang like bean seed pods. The trunk and branches twist which give it a unique and exotic look, perfect for your backyard. This tree is a fast grower and is very drought tolerant. If you are looking for a tree that doesn’t need much watering but also blooms with beautiful flowers, the northern catalpa may be a good choice for you.

There are so many beautiful drought tolerant trees on the market today, so do your research before planting a tree in your yard. A few things you want to look for are low maintenance and drought tolerance. If you can find this combination you will have one a beautiful tree that you and your family will enjoy for many years to come!

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Easy Garden Improvements you Can Make this Summer

Make your garden stand out all summer long with these easy garden improvements!

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For many of us, the garden is as far as we’ll be going on holiday this summer. While this may be frustrating and hard to accept, the situation with Covid-19 is still very fluid and with the rules seemingly changing every month regarding the ability to travel to different countries, having a staycation and channelling energy into some home improvements is a great alternative. With this in mind, we’ve put together a selection of easy improvements you can make to your garden to make it a more enjoyable space this summer.

Build some raised flower beds

Having the ability to add some stunning spring and summer flowers can really enhance your garden and make it a more enjoyable and interesting place to spend time this summer. Depending on the space you have available, building some raised flower beds or adding some large pots can be a great feature that allows you to increase the number of flowers you have in your garden. You can also get creative with the design of your flower beds or pots and match them to your overall garden theme.

Upscale your garden furniture 

As many of you will know, finding any new garden furniture over the last few years, particularly in peak demand times such as the summer months, has proven to be particularly challenging. With this in mind, many of us are having to look into upscaling our existing garden furniture in our backyard or buying from places like Facebook Marketplace and doing the work to make it look how we want.

There are many different ways this can be done, depending on the materials used to create the garden furniture. Your wood table or stools could always benefit from a fresh coat of paint or varnish, while chairs can be given new cushions and cover to make them more comfortable to sit on. Metal garden furniture can also be upscaled thanks to various industrial cleaning processes followed by powder coating to provide a durable and high-quality finish that will allow them to look their best for years to come. You’ll need to work with a company providing professional powder coating services to achieve this as it isn’t a process you can do at home.

Add some outdoor accessories 

We often think about accessorising the inside of our home, but we can forget that you can do the same for outside. A great option is choosing something that you can hang on your garden walls or fences. Something like an outdoor clock can look fantastic, along with being functional. Depending on the size of your garden, choosing the right size will be important, but it is worth considering, and there are lots of great options you can choose from.

If this doesn’t appeal to you, why not consider some outdoor lights. This can help you to enjoy evenings in the garden, and there are many different variations you can choose from. Fairy lights are always popular and work well in small spaces, but solar-powered lights that can be placed in the ground can really help highlight features of a larger garden and create a great atmosphere.

Experiment with a feature wall

Like accessories, feature walls are often thought of as being an indoor design choice. However, they can work brilliantly in your garden as well. Using different materials to your other walls, choosing a different colour or even creating a plant wall with specifically chosen plants can create a great effect and give your garden a focal point or new feature.

Even as summer begins to come to an end, hopefully, there will be some nice weather this autumn, and the changes you can make to your garden do not have to be big projects. All of the ideas highlighted above can be achieved quickly and without a huge amount of effort. Hopefully, this has given you some ideas about how you can improve your garden this summer, or at least made you think about changes you may want to make in the runup to next summer!