Remove grass from a section of your yard, and replace it with water-saving, easy-care groundcover plants like liriope, Asiatic jasmine, perennial peanut, beach sunflower, or sunshine mimosa (not to be mistaken with drinking mimosas every morning in your yard). Here’s how to get started:
Prepare a landscape bed (a soil-filled area sectioned off from the grassy yard) and plant three or more large shrubs there. Simpson’s stopper, Beautyberry, Marlberry, Florida privet, and Firebush are all good choices (and have such fun names, no?). Make sure to mulch around the bushes to help keep weeds out and hold in moisture.
A micro-irrigation system is for you if you (a) have landscape beds or a veggie garden (b) are looking for the most efficient way to get water to the roots of your landscape beds or veggie garden, or (c) really enjoy how smart you sound saying “micro-irrigation system” when talking about your landscape beds or veggie garden.
Local extension workshops can teach you the basics of installing micro-irrigation systems, and there are plenty of videos and online tutorials to coach you the rest of the way. Here’s one we like.