Xeriscaping And Why It Might Be For You

If you’re looking for a garden style that’s beautiful but low maintenance and water efficient, then a xeriscaped garden might be for you. Read on to learn more of what xeriscaping is about.

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Credit: Emmanuelle Bourgue / flickr.com

What is xeriscaping?

Xeriscaping is gardening and landscaping that uses methods and creative design to reduce the use of water. It is perfect for hot climates, arid regions and where freshwater is scarce, but it would also work in other areas throughout the country.

It conserves water.

Xeric landscapes uses far less water than traditional gardens. Water use is reduced by eliminating or reducing lawn areas and using plants that don’t consume a lot of water. It also employs methods of irrigation that use less water, and of retaining moisture in the soil through the use of mulch and soil amendments.

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Credit: David Rowan / flickr.com

It saves you money.

Since you use less water from the city pipes, the savings from using less water reflects on your water bill. It also reduces, if not completely omits, the need for fertilizers and pest control, further reducing gardening maintenance cost. Since lawn areas are reduced, if not completely forgone in favour of pebbles or ground cover, the need for using fertilizers is very low. Pest control is also reduced thanks to the use of plants that don’t have a lot of natural pests.

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It’s low maintenance.

Since lawn space has been reduced, time spent on mowing the lawn is also reduced. Most plants used in xeriscaping also require less pruning than those used in a regular garden, so it saves you from doing a lot of yard work. Less pruning also means less garden waste.

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Credit: Sara Thompson / flickr.com

It can be just as beautiful.

People often think of “drab” when they hear the term xeriscape, envisioning only rocks and a few thorny desert plants. Xeriscaped gardens can be just as beautiful as any typical garden. It is not limited to just rocks and cacti. Obvious choices are other succulents, but there are plenty of colorful, native and adapted drought-tolerant and low- water plants that includes shrubs, tress, ground cover and grasses that one can use.

In the end, it’s all about knowing what plants, materials and systems you can use, as well as a good landscape design to be be on your way to making a beautiful, low-cost, low-maintenance, and water-efficient garden.

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