by Dave Logan
According to Wikipedia, xeriscaping “refers to landscaping and gardening in ways that reduce or eliminate the need for supplemental irrigation. It is promoted in areas that do not have easily accessible supplies of fresh water, and is gaining acceptance in other areas as climate patterns shift.”
Yeah, that sounds about right. Xeriscaping is most popular in super arid climates like the southwest, but there are clear advantages of this approach for all regions. Well over half of the water used in the US is for watering lawns and landscaping. And while we can all appreciate the beauty of a perfectly green lawn, xeriscaping is an attractive alternative in terms of conservation as well as creativity! Here are a few advantages of xeriscaping:
Five advantages of xeriscaping 1. Save water. In today’s world of diminishing water resources, this one is an obvious advantage. What else? Saving water means saving money.
2. Get rid of your fertilizers and pesticides. With xeriscaping, you choose native plants and flowers, which means you don’t need chemicals anymore.
3. Reduce outdoor maintenance. Without a big lawn to water, you greatly minimize the outdoor work on your property. Minor weeding and basic watering systems are all you need for xeriscaping.
4. Be nice to the environment. Get rid of those gas and oil guzzling edgers and lawnmowers.
5. Increase your property value. The cost of xeriscaping your property can vary greatly, depending on how far you take it. Ultimately, xeriscaping increases the value of your property way beyond any incurred expenses for the project.
With some good planning and adequate research on plants, flowers, soil, and irrigation systems, you can begin your xeriscaping design process pretty quickly. For a project of this scope, it’s always a good idea to leverage the talents of a professional landscape contractor for help.
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