Tired of yard work and the high water bills associated with keeping up your yard? Looking for a drought resistant way to improve the curb appeal of your home? Xeriscaping may be the answer you’ve been looking for. Simply put, xeriscaping is landscaping your yard with rocks, stones, gravel, and native plants that thrive in your local environment. In addition to requiring less water, xeriscaping is more sustainable in other ways, too.
By using native plants in your landscaping, you reduce the need to water them. Native plants have already proven their ability to thrive in the climate without human assistance. The less water you have to add to your yard, the more water there will be in the reservoirs for other necessities like drinking and bathing.
Because native plants have adapted to the local climate and be able to fare well, they have likely grown immune, or at least tolerant, to pests that would torment other flora and fauna. This means you don’t have to worry about using pesticides or fertilizers to have a healthy landscape. When those chemicals cease to be necessary, you save the money you would have spent on them and you save the environment a bit, too.
No replacements needed
One of the biggest challenges of maintaining a beautiful landscape is replacing annuals every season. Even if you choose to use perennials in your yard, sometimes they die and have to be replaced without the proper (high maintenance) care. When you xeriscape with native plants, there are fewer dead plants to deal with or replace. Once again, in the long run that saves you money. When you don’t have to buy new plants, you save yourself time, energy, and money on your outside home maintenance.
Ideas for what to use in your xeriscape
Many people assume that the only option that exists for xeriscaping is having a rock yard. While rocks and stones are a viable option and can be a beautiful addition to any landscape, there are numerous other options, too. Weave a gravel path through your garden to add shape and a different texture. Consider including a Zen garden with rocks stacked into unique designs or sculptures. Use a base of sand and you can add rake patterns, too.
Research or ask a professional at your local nursery to learn which wildflowers, grasses, and trees are local to your area. Once you have that information, choose a variety of colors, heights, and textures when you plan your xeriscape. Alternate rocks and plants or place plants within rock gardens to keep a varied look.
Additional xeriscaping tips
- Consider various species of cactus, too. Some cacti bloom beautiful flowers, and all of them display unique textures and patterns.
- For borders around the various segments of your garden, use larger decorative stones or paths.
- To prevent weeds from growing up in your rocks, lay down a sheet of plastic before you spread the rocks.
- Keeping up the curb appeal of your home improves your property value and makes you proud to pull into your driveway.