Solve Your Drought Problems with These Amazing Drought-Resistant Trees

It’s no secret that when a drought hits, your yard and plants suffer.  The grass turns brown and crunchy, flowers desiccate, and the trees begin to die.  The only alternative is to try to make up for the lack of rainfall by watering all of your plants and maintaining a rigorous tree care routine.
 
However, excessive watering results in a much higher water bill and, due to the chemicals in tap water, may harm your plants as well.  In some areas, irrigation is not an option, as municipalities may ban the use of water outdoors in an attempt to ensure enough water for all residents and local community organizations.  To avoid this dilemma, you can plant trees and bushes with low water requirements.  Unfortunately, the idea of landscaping for arid conditions often leads to images of rock strewn yards littered with sharp-needled cacti.  However, the truth is, many trees and plants are lush and beautiful in drought-like conditions.  You simply need to know how to find them.
 
First, consider what types of trees do well in arid conditions.  Trees with upright crowns with multiple leaf layers use water better than broad crowns with leaves growing only on the edge.  Trees with small leaves lose less water than wide leaves.  For example, many evergreen trees thrive in dry weather with little to no tree care required.
 
Second, find out what trees are native to your area.  Your tree care professional should be able to provide you with a list or many websites can help with your research.  Native trees will naturally be able to thrive in typical weather conditions for your area with little assistance from humans.  They will also be able to grow in the soil and will not become an invasive or dangerous species to your other plants.  Do not simply assume any drought tolerant tree will do.  Both Texas and Eastern Washington have deserts, and an accompanying roster of native trees.
 
Finally, soil conditions, native animals, and, most obviously, temperatures are completely different.  For example, the Ponderosa Pine tree, which thrives in the arid areas of the Northwest, would probably not do well in hot Texas.  If you are looking for something a little different, consider trees native to parts of the world similar to yours, such as the Mediterranean, Chili, or South Africa.  The Peppermint tree is native to Australia, and does well in southern California.
 
As always, your tree care expert to make sure the plant will thrive without becoming invasive.