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Drought Tolerance: The Secret Of A Lush Landscape

A Florida native, the beautiful beach sunflower thrives on sand dunes and also in your drought-tolerant landscape.

A Florida native, the beautiful beach sunflower thrives on sand dunes and also in your drought-tolerant landscape.

Florida does not have an arid climate, but with a seven-month long dry season, it can feel like a desert. In Vero Beach rainfall is not consistent.

There seems to be too much or not enough. The five-month wet season starts in June and the seven-month dry season in November. Of course, each year can vary widely from the average. A couple of soaking hurricanes can bring a monthly total to 10 inches or more, while a sustained drought can result in less than an inch of rain in a month for several months. Droughts inflict the most damage to your landscape during April and May because the temperatures are high and water use restrictions may be in force.

There are a number of methods to help to make your landscape more drought-tolerant: use good gardening techniques, re-think your irrigation, reduce the size of your lawn, and use drought-tolerant plants native to Florida.

Read the entire article in the Summer 2010 issue