Xeriscaping is another way of saying drought-tolerant gardening. The practice reduces the amount of water you use in your landscape. But it doesn’t mean you eliminate water altogether.
Xeriscaping is sometimes misunderstood. It’s more than just a garden filled with cactus, lava rock and big boulders. It’s about creating a beautiful and waterwise landscape with different types of drought-tolerant plants.
7 Principles of Xeriscaping:
- Start with a plan. Note where your home sits and which areas have the most sun exposure. A southern or western exposure is harshest and most drying. Note your property’s slope. Land erosion occurs more heavily on a steep slope.
- Replace some of your lawn with drought-resistant grass mixes. Ask your Garden Center associate for help choosing the right varieties for your yard.
- Select and plant drought-resistant plants. Ask your Garden Center associate for a list of those acclimated to your area.
- Conduct a soil test and amend soil accordingly with organic matter like compost to existing beds and borders.
- Mulch traffic areas with decorative rock laid over landscaping fabric or fiber mats. Use biodegradable wood mulch in gardens.
- If you have an irrigation system, check it for leaks or cracks. Repair if needed. If you don’t have a professional system, try drip irrigation or soaker hoses with timers and rain sensors.
- Aerate and fertilize the turf in spring and fall; keep the grass height at 3” and allow the clippings to fall; prune trees, shrubs and perennials; compost dead plant material.