Effective Tips To
Surviving The Drought
The SFWMD has recently imposed their most stringent
restrictions to date and with our population continuing
to increase resulting in an even greater demand on a
fresh water supply a permanent water conservation effort
is in affect. Below is a list of items that can be done
in your yard or garden to continue thriving during times
• Mulch landscape beds - A good 2” to 3” of
organic, shredded, mulch will not only suppress weeds
but will keep the soil cooler during the day and hold
moisture in the soil. Be sure that you do not pile mulch
up around the base of plants and trees. Rubber mulch,
although pretty to luck at, does not break down to add
nutrients to the soil and does not help to retain
moisture. Rubber mulch does have its place however, and
that would be playgrounds.
• Place plants with similar watering needs together-
Group plants that have similar water requirements
together. This will help keep all of your plants
happier. Grouping like plants together will allow you to
adjust your watering to meet the needs of the plants and
not wasting water on plants that do not need as much as
• Plant Natives - Native plants tend to adapt to
our climate changes better than non-native species.
Native gardens also tend to draw a wide variety of
wildlife to your gardens like birds and butterflies.
• Go low - Low volume irrigation is the way of
the future. When installing a new irrigation system,
look into low volume irrigation. You will probably need
to contact an irrigation professional but the savings in
water will more than make up the difference. Low volume
irrigation works by installing low volume emitters in
locations that maximizes the water’s use by the plant.
Irrigations should also be broken down into zones. These
zones should be separated by the plants water needs. Sod
should be irrigated separate from planter beds and so
forth. Existing irrigation systems can be retrofitted to
a low volume system and SFWMD does not have any
restrictions on facilities that use low volume
• Minimize the sod - Minimize the amount of sod
areas that you have in your yard. In landscaping sod the
most water demanding plant around. Sod requires up to
more than 3 times the amount of water than a well
mulched planter area.
• Increase mowing height. A typical Floritam or
St. Augustine yard should be cut at 3”. This allows the
roots to grow deeper into the soil which in turn gives
the roots a larger root zone to draw water and nutrients
from and also will make your lawn more wear tolerant.
By following a few easy steps and a little thought into
your next garden project you can have a beautiful,
thriving yard no matter what the conditions.
For more information on landscaping during drought
contact the City of Pembroke Pines Landscape Division
via email at: