During drought, it is natural to consider installing plants that are “drought tolerant”.
But how do you judge drought tolerance?
Experienced gardeners have learned that once established and with proper cultural practices, virtually all plant material recommended for use in Georgia will be “drought tolerant” and survive most droughts.
The most common reasons for plant failures are improper plant location (putting a plant with high light needs in shade) and improper soil preparation.
Plant adaptation is dependent on many factors, such as light, temperature, water, air, soil, and pest/disease tolerance.
Experts recommend focusing discussions of landscape water conservation on Best Management Practices (BMPs) that enhance water conservation in the landscape.
By utilizing appropriate cultural practices, virtually all plant material sold in Georgia should prosper with minimal irrigation.
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