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coping with drought drought resistant plants
Coping with Drought Drought Resistant Plants

Darrell Blackwelder

Cooperative Extension-Rowan County

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“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

evaluate your current situation in the landscape
Evaluate Your Current Situation in the Landscape
  • Inventory plants
  • Remove dead or weak plants
  • Heavy pruning may

be needed

existing situation
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
facing another drought be prepared
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
planting new trees and shrubs
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
lawn use much water
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
don t sacrifice color
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
more information on drought tolerant plantings in landscape and lawns
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
darrell blackwelder cooperative extension rowan county darrell blackwelder@ncsu edu 704 216 8970
Darrell BlackwelderCooperative Extension-Rowan Countydarrell_blackwelder@ncsu.edu704-216-8970