USU Extension Gardening Team Helpful Drought suggestions.


Drought concerns have caused many people to consider redoing their yards to conserve water. But before you rip out established lawn, shrubs, or garden beds, here are three things you can do instead.

1.     Harvest rainwater. In Utah, the law allows you to have two rain barrels, less than 100 gallons each, on your property. For more information see our guide. 

2.     Improve your soil conditions. Mixing in mulch or organic matter can increase your soil’s water-holding capacity. Even just a 1 to 2% increase in soil organic matter can up your soil’s water-holding capacity by 50 gallons in a 100 sq. ft. space. Check out the information here to help you decide which materials to add. 

3.     Use drip irrigation for non-turf areas. Changing overhead irrigation to a drip line is not complicated (we’ll show you how here). Shrubs and trees vary in their water requirements, and using a drip irrigation system allows you to change the amount of water you use. Drip irrigation systems use 50 to 80% less water than an overhead irrigation system. 

These simple ideas will help those who would like to be water-wise but who do not have the time, resources, or expertise to renovate the existing landscape completely.

For more information about drought and water-wise landscaping visit USU’s Center for Water-Efficient Landscaping.  

Happy Gardening! 

The USU Extension Gardening Team 

Thank you Ace Blackburn for submitting this information to LPC for posting.