What is Xeriscape?
What Xeriscape is
Plan for water conservation and beauty from the start. Create a design makes it easy to complete your project in phases.
Create Practical Turf areas of manageable size, shape and grade. In areas that receive a lot of foot traffic, Kentucky Bluegrass is likely the best choice. Just keep those areas to a minimum. Make sure they're relatively flat so that you can irrigated efficiently.
Select Low-Water Plants and group them according to their water needs. This is also known as hydrozoning. Do some research on your plants to determine their water needs, then experiment with watering at home to see what works best for your landscape.
Use high-quality Soil Amendments as you plant. An organic, #1 or #2 Compost is the best choice. The number designation means it has fewer salts that could build up in the soil and harm your plants.
Use Mulches, organic (like wood chip) or inorganic (like river rock) to reduce evaporation and to keep the soil cool. Some plants prefer one or the other, so be sure to do your research.
Irrigate efficiently with properly designed systems and by applying the right amount of water at the right time. If you hand water, be sure to use a nozzle on the end of your hose.
Maintain your Xeriscape properly by mowing, weeding, pruning and fertilizing according to each plant's needs. Most low-water plants, especially ones native to your area, don't need fertilization.
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