So you want to have a lush, green garden, but also want to save water? Are you living in a dream world? Not at all. With xeriscaping tricks, you can save water without resorting to a rock garden.
To save water, try to follow the natural movement of moisture in the soil. It’s a good idea to structure your yard in tiers of layers, to control the flow of water from one area to another.
Plan your lawn in a small, relatively flat shape. Long narrow “runways” of grass won’t be practical. Consider replacing thirsty plots of grass with low-maintenance native plants or attractive ornamental grasses.
Group plants with similar water requirements together. Those that need the most water should go nearest the water source. Other areas that generally stay moister include close to buildings (especially on shady sides), beneath trees, and at the base of declining slopes.
Choose plant species native to your area. For portions of the yard that are far from the water source, or otherwise don’t see much natural moisture, choose hardy, drought-tolerant species. Yucca, or jade plants which save water in their leaves, are attractive and require little maintenance. Plant them at the crests of inclines, and in other areas where water doesn’t naturally gather.
Landscaping services can be especially helpful when xeriscaping. Contractors understand your area, and all the ins-and-outs you may be likely to overlook as a homeowner. On the other hand, if you understand xeriscaping you could prove an asset to a landscaping company as an employee.
Remember that xeriscaping is highly dependant on your regional climate and microclimate–the conditions immediately surrounding your building. As it becomes more essential for every household to save water, these tricks can help you keep a beautiful home without being wasteful.