Xeriscaping isn’t new to the landscape scene. However, recently, this landscaping trend has been attracting more attention among property owners. People are becoming more concerned about water conservation and one proof to this is the results of ASLA’s survey for 2016.
A xeriscape is an example of a landscaping that works with existing resource conditions. It takes the aesthetic needs of landowners or clients at the forefront, in a manner that Mother Nature approves of. As a result, resources required for maintenance and the amount of waste generated are reduced.
What is Xeriscaping
Xeriscaping is derived from the Greek words ‘xerox’ and ‘scape’. Put together, these two translate to ‘dry landscaping’.
With xeriscaping, landscaping is enhanced so that demand for water is reduced. Plants are carefully selected to ensure they’d thrive with the local climate. Drought-tolerant plants are favored over grassy lawns, and hardscapes, such as rocks, boulders, and pavers, are also incorporated into the design.
Another important factor in a xeriscape is the use of efficient irrigation systems. Drips deliver water directly into the base of the plant. This procedure helps cut back water loss due to evaporation. Another strategy applied in xeriscaping is arranging plants according to their water needs so no plant receives more water than they require.
Benefits of a Xeriscape Design
Property owners adopt xeriscapes for many reasons. First, it requires minimal irrigation. This practice is very much welcome, especially with the drought Southern California is experiencing. Xeriscaping offers an eco-friendly approach in enhancing landscapes – plants that are grown are native in the area. Since a xeriscape is low-maintenance, this landscaping trend also works for those who travel or are frequently away.
A xeriscape can be designed depending on your goals or personal preferences. You don’t have to limit your plant choices to cacti species. If you want to maintain color and texture in your yard spaces, then you can look into varieties of attractive drought-tolerant plants. See about installing a rainwater harvesting system as well. On the other hand, if you would like to skip gardening tasks and expect to entertain visitors often, you may want to consider investing more on hardscapes over softscapes.
Xeriscaping can be tailored to your lifestyle. Consider working with a professional landscape design-build team to ensure that the xeriscape project is within the price you can spend, without cutting back on beauty and function.