Xeriscape Landscaping

gardenXeriscape landscaping, also known as Xeriscaping or Xerogardening is a specific type of landscaping and gardening which is done by reducing or eliminating the need for additional watering or irrigation from an external water source.

While it can be done in any part of the country, it is especially popular in regions that experience frequent droughts and restrictions in the amount of water people are supposed to use for non-essential things.  It is one of the most environmentally-friendly options available when it comes to gardening and can help you reduce your monthly water bill. This will save you enough water for your necessities and help you save money to spend for other needs.

Advantage

There are many advantages in using this type of landscaping, including the fact that it reduces the need for imported or ground water.  It can also greatly reduce the amount of time you need to spend in your yard as most of the plants will grow quite nicely without any extra work done on your part.  You will be able to plant most of these plants and then let them grow in a natural manner and only intervene for a couple of times per year to trim them or perform other basic tasks.

Factors to Consider

 

Types of Plants

The types of plants used in xeriscaping will depend on the region you’re in.  One of the basic tenants of this type of gardening is that you almost exclusively use plants which are native to your region.  This is because if they grow naturally in this area, they are likely well-suited to the climate and will survive on the amount of water which they can get naturally through the rain.  If you live in a desert region, you’re likely going to have things like cacti and other plants which need very little water.

You can also use beautiful rocks and other non-living items to diversify the area without needing to bring any water.  In areas where rain is more plentiful you can use a variety of other plants.

Capturing Rain Water

If you want to use a specific plant in your xeriscaping project but worried that it will need more water than it will get naturally, you can supplement it with water using a system that captures the rain water.

There are several products available in the market that is designed to catch and hold rain water for weeks or even months at a time. This can really help allow greater diversity for your project and save you time and energy from getting it manually watered.

X-Ratings

For those who are serious about embracing this type of landscaping, they can apply to get their xeriscaping rated by the Denver water department.  While this is an informal rating, it is a fun and comical way to bring attention to this method of growing plants.  The ratings range from X to XXX depending on how much water is required to use in each project.

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