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Beat the Valley Heat: 4 Fantastic Landscaping Tips for a Drought-Resistant Yard

Posted by admin on July 12, 2019
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You finally purchased the property of your dreams through Santa Cruz Properties, built a gorgeous home, and are ready to turn your yard into a tropical garden. 

Except that Rio Grande Valley heat can really harm your efforts – especially during the summer time. Building a beautiful garden takes time, effort, and a little bit of knowledge to make sure your grass and plants are ready for that sizzling heat.

At Santa Cruz Properties, not only do we offer gorgeous owner-financed lots in Hidalgo and Starr County but the advice you need to really make your property shine. 

If you’re ready to beat that Valley heat and develop a drought-resistant yard, then consider the following information.

4 Landscaping Tips to Keep Your Yard Healthy in the RGV 

The Rio Grande Valley is known for plenty of sun, warm weather, and only a few days of rain per year in comparison to many other areas throughout the nation. This means that we often face drought-like conditions…and this isn’t great for our yards and gardens.  

Below we share a few tips on how to build a drought tolerant yard that can stay healthy all year long.

  1. Double check your outdoor watering system for leaks – and fix them. 
    Every drop of water counts and you’ll want to make sure that your watering system is properly maintained. Leaks not only waste water but can also add to your utility fees. That’s why you’ll want to double check your pipes, spigots, hoses, sprinkler system, and any other component of your watering system for any signs of damage or breakage.Naturally, if you find an issue with any of these components you’ll want to fix or replace them as necessary.
  1. Invest in drought-resistant plants, flowers, and grass.
    There are many plants and grass species that are suitable for the subtropical climate of the Rio Grande Valley. There are plenty of beautiful flowers that can survive in the hot weather of South Texas including:  

    • Columbine
    • Coreopsis
    • Firebrush
    • Plumbago
    • Rock Rose
    • Shrimp Plant
    • Hibiscus

    These types of flowers are not only are better suited for the heat but are also gorgeous examples of heat-resistant plants. 

    When it comes to grass, many individuals might recommend St. Augustine since it’s rich and lush. However, it does require a lot of work and water to properly grow. Instead, some more durable options for our Rio Grande Valley climate include: 

    • Zoysia grass
    • Buffalo grass
    • Bermuda grass
    • Ryegrass
  1. Timing is everything.
    When it comes to watering your grass, timing is everything. Watering at the right time can make your efforts much more effective. Watering in the morning is better than watering during the day when water will evaporate much faster. If the only time you are able to water is later in the evening, then shoot for 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (or later) when temperatures begin to cool down.
  1. Keep an eye out on oversaturating your yard.
    Saturation means “to a very full extent, especially beyond the point regarded as necessary or desirable.” While it may seem like the more the better, oversaturating (overwatering) your yard can actually cause more damage than help. Overwatering is not only not costly but it can actually damage your grass and plants.

One of the greatest pleasures of owning your own property is developing a gorgeous garden and yard. If you are ready to experience the joy of creating the landscape of your dreams on your very own property, then contact Santa Cruz Properties right now at (956) 382-6490.

Our owner-financed plots make it possible for people with no credit or even bad credit to become property owners! If you’re looking for land in the Hidalgo County or Starr County, Santa Cruz Properties has just what you need.

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