Xeriscaping is a type of landscaping that involves planting drought resistant and native plants that require very little water. It is a way to make your yard attractive without using too much of one of earth’s most valuable resources. Going green by xeriscaping not only conserves water but benefits your budget too. You can save as much as 50 percent over watering a traditionally landscaped yard.
By using the right plants, mulch and drainage techniques, natural rainfall is relied on for most of your watering needs. Xeriscaping is a method that be used in communities experiencing drought conditions or ones that have enforced water conservation regulations so you can still have a good looking yard.
Grass is not used in xeriscaping, because it requires a lot of water. It is replaced by mulch and low lying drought resistant plants that need minimal maintenance. No mowing, no getting rid of yard waste or clippings, and less work for the homeowner make this method very appealing.
Fertilization will not be needed if you choose local plants. They are acclimated to finding the nutrients they need in the soil right in your backyard. The natural cycle of the plant restores the soil, and then the cycle starts again in the spring, so there is no need to buy fertilizer that contains elements the soil does not need.
Choose pest tolerant plants for xeriscaping and you will be eliminating using chemicals that get in the soil and the runoff that makes its way into your water supply . Do some research and find out what pests are native to your area, and what plants are resistant to them. Not only will you be doing your part to help the environment, but you will not be spending money on expensive pest control.
With some advance planning and a little work, using local plants and mulching open areas, you can have a xeriscaped yard that is not only attractive but eco friendly too.