Xeriscaping is a method of creative landscaping that focuses on strategic use of flora, soil, rock, and planting patterns to cultivate gardens that require minimum hydration. These techniques have been able to reduce water use in lawn and landscaping by as much as 75%. Developed in drought-afflicted Colorado, xeriscaping uses seven basic planting principles to minimize water use. Today, a wide variety of drought-resistant plantings and countless aesthetic options encourage gardeners in all geographies to get creative and personalize the trend for themselves.
What are the benefits?
In addition to lowering household water use, the benefits of xeriscaping include less time spent on property maintenance, healthier soil, and less need for fertilizer.
Saves Water. For most of North America, over 50% of residential water used is applied to landscape and lawns. Xeriscape can reduce landscape water use by 50 – 75%.
Less Maintenance. Aside from occasional pruning and weeding, maintenance is minimal. Watering requirements are low, and can be met with simple irrigation systems.
No Fertilizers or Pesticides. Using plants native to your area will eliminate the need for chemical supplements. Sufficient nutrients are provided by healthy organic soil.
Improves Property Value. A good Xeriscape can raise property values which more than offset the cost of installation. Protect your landscaping investment by drought-proofing it.
Pollution Free. Fossil fuel consumption from gas mowers is minimized or eliminated with minimal turf areas. Small turf areas can be maintained with a reel mower.
Provides Wildlife Habitat. Use of native plants, shrubs and trees offer a familiar and varied habitat for local wildlife.