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Drought tolerant plants are a great way to save water

With California facing yet another drought, homeowners are thinking more about saving water and it can all start in your garden.

Posted: Jun 7, 2021 11:29 PM
Updated: Jun 8, 2021 12:35 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Drought-tolerant plants are a good way to save water and have a lot of lush greenery.

“Since we are low on water, you might as well buy these plants,” Garrett Green with the Little Red Hen Plant Nursery said.

From what Green told Action News Now, these plants are built for the heat.

“They are plants that are more for heat,” he continued. “They are indigenous to places that are hotter. They are just more conducive to those kinds of environments.”

And homeowners in our area are starting to realize the benefit, like Mitch Stricker.

“I switched a lot over to succulents because the regular plants required more water,” he explained. “So, I put a lot of succulents in the yard, and they are doing really well. I recommend succulents, I really do!”

But not all drought-tolerant plants are succulents.

You can get flowering plants to bring more color to your garden.

Not only will these plants save water during an extreme drought year, but they will also save you money by lowering your water bill.

They also require less maintenance and have more groundwater recharge.

Especially in our area with the high temperatures, many crops and little water, drought-tolerant plants are a must for your next garden project.

“They don’t need as much water; they store it in their leaves and that’s why they are thick. They are very attractive if you plant them correctly which I didn’t but, I did the best I could with what little I knew,” Stricker said.

Green said with a smile, “I guess in a way when you look at it, you’re doing your civic duty.”

For a list of low-water and drought-tolerant plants, click here.

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