xeriscaping

Xeriscaping continues to gain popularity around the world as people discover the benefits of this landscaping technique. It developed as a result of ongoing droughts plaguing the Western, United States, but people have been planting to match their climate for centuries.

With water being the precious resource it is these days many forward-thinking homeowners have turned to xeriscape to reduce their environmental footprint.

So just what is xeriscaping, you ask?

It’s not necessarily a specific look or type of plants.

Xeriscaping is a landscaping philosophy that uses as many native, drought-resistant plants as possible and arranges them in efficient, water-saving ways.  Xeriscape is really a combination of seven common-sense gardening principles that save water, time and resources while creating a gorgeous landscape.

In short, xeriscape is a smart way to fight drought and save money on your monthly water bill. The concept was coined by the city of Denver’s water department, during a difficult drought period in the late ’70s and early ’80s. It has grown in popularity and now is a common style featured throughout the Texas Hill Country as well as across the US.

Despite this, many people don’t know what Xeriscaping is. However, without knowing the term, you may already know its techniques, because they are often used in traditional landscaping as well.

Some people have a negative perception of Xeriscaping, thinking that the practice involves the use of barren, rocky landscapes and a few cacti.

As it turns out, Xeriscaping doesn’t have to mean a bunch southwest tumbleweeds. Because it’s open to the use of native plants, one can select a myriad of plant varieties from their region. A Xeriscaped lawn can look as attractive and colorful as a regular one.

According to the official Denver Water website, effective Xeriscaping can reduce water use for landscapes by a measure of 60%.  Just imagine how that kind of savings would reflect on your monthly water bill?

There are seven essential principles to Xeriscaping —

  • Sound Landscape planning and design. 
  • Soil improvement.
  • Plant selection and grouping 
  • Practical turf areas. 
  • Efficient Irrigation. 
  • Use of mulches.
  • Proper landscape maintenance.

How can you benefit from xeriscape design?

  • For starters, there is the good feeling of knowing you are doing everything you can to reduce your environmental footprint.
  • You’ll reduce your water consumption, thereby saving money every month on your utility bills.
  • Upgrading your outdoor living area beautifies your environment and boosts curb appeal.
  • Adds resale value to your property.

 

To learn about the seven principles of Xeriscaping, Check back for next weeks blog