Xeriscaping isn't limited to desert landscapes.
While the thought of xeriscaping may bring to mind an image of a dry, desert scene, that doesn’t have to be the case! Xeriscaping is a drought-resistant landscaping practice using carefully selected plant species tolerant to long periods of dry weather and covering the soil with mulch, rocks, or plants to retain moisture. You'll save time and money while you conserve water.
Tips for installing your xeriscaping
Traditional lawns require frequent watering to keep them looking lush. Consider reducing the amount of lawn on your property by installing your own xeriscape.
- Like any plants, drought-tolerant species still need to be watered while they establish. A good rule is a deep watering once every other day for the first two weeks, ensuring that it slowly reaches deep into the soil. Follow this with a couple months of less frequent deep watering during dry weather.
- Retain moisture by covering any exposed soil with mulch or rock and consider designing your plants to form a groundcover.
- Keep garden beds weed-free. Weeds take up water that could be used by desirable plant material.
- If your soil drains too quickly, amend it by adding moisture-holding organic matter or consider using coastal plants that are adapted to these conditions.
- Pick the right plant for the right spot. Choose plants that thrive in hot, dry conditions.