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  1. Coping with Drought Drought Resistant Plants Darrell Blackwelder Cooperative Extension-Rowan County

  2. “The 'Drouth of 1845' devastated the Western Piedmont. Crops bore no yield, a bushel of corn nearly tripled in price, trees withered, cattle were half-starved and wild animals starved to death.”Salisbury Post 2002

  3. Evaluate Your Current Situation in the Landscape • Inventory plants • Remove dead or weak plants • Heavy pruning may be needed

  4. Existing Situation • May already have drought resistant plants in the landscape • Many established plants can withstand dry weather • Quality is not as good as normal • Insects are usually greater during droughts • Blooms and color are not good • Premature leaf drop

  5. Facing another drought-Be Prepared! • Group like plants together-drought tolerate vs. those that need supplemental watering • Soil testing for optimum growth • Soil preparation with proper amendments • Planting for shade • Mulched

  6. Timers to prevent over-watering

  7. Drip or trickle irrigation vs soaker hose

  8. Planting new trees and shrubs • Fall is best for planting trees and shrubs during extended droughts • Established before cold weather arrives • Established plant materials often survive up to 3 weeks without watering • Learn signs of stress • Heat vs. drought stress

  9. Lawn use much water • If possible, reduce lawn areas with mulch or drought tolerant ground covers • Cool season lawns use more water than warm season lawns • Bermuda • Zoyzia • Centipede • St. Augustine • If its green, it’s a lawn

  10. Don’t Sacrifice Color • Drought tolerant annuals and perennials add color to landscape with minimal water • Consider planters that survive with hand watering • Pansies • Portulaca • Profusion zinnia

  11. Planter on trellis-with heavy mulch to conserve water

  12. Drought resistant plants

  13. Daylilies

  14. Lantana

  15. Butterfly weed

  16. Verbena

  17. Black eye Susan

  18. Coneflower

  19. Ice plant

  20. Sedum

  21. Liriope

  22. Butterfly bush

  23. Trees

  24. Birch

  25. Red maple

  26. Chaste tree

  27. Goldenrain tree

  28. Pines Virginia, Loblolly, Japanese Black Pine

  29. Chinese fringe tree

  30. Crepe myrtles

  31. Shrubs

  32. Glossy Abelia

  33. Barberry

  34. Aucuba

  35. Forsythia and weigelia

  36. Boxwood and holly

  37. Oakleaf hydrangea

  38. Spireas

  39. Nandina domestica

  40. Ornamental grasses

  41. VinesClematis Yellow jessamine

  42. VinesHoneysuckle Wisteria

  43. More information on drought tolerant plantings in landscape and lawns • Master Gardener web site • Information page on the site • Drought Tolerant Plant website • Plant photos and more information • Example of fact sheet page

  44. Darrell BlackwelderCooperative Extension-Rowan Countydarrell_blackwelder@ncsu.edu704-216-8970