If you live in an area where rainfall levels are low, xeriscaping is an excellent idea. You can even choose to xeriscape your yard if you do not live in one of these areas, simply because you think that using water wisely is a good idea, or because you like the idea of trying a different type of landscape.
Xeriscaping is defined simply as a means of having an outdoor space that makes limited use of water.
Any water that is required, such as moisture for a small area of lawn, needs to be used effectively.
Taking time to plan a xeriscaped yard is important as there are specific factors that need to be taken into account.
Choosing the Right Plants for Xeriscaping
There are several plants which only need a small amount of water to thrive and are ideal to use when xeriscaping.
You do not have to stick to using only this type of plant but there needs to be a sensible mix of plants that reduces the amount of water needed to maintain your yard.
Always remember that the main aim of xeriscaping is to preserve water.
It’s a good idea to keep the amount of lawn in a xeriscaped yard to a minimum and you should make sure that the lawn is completely separate from any planted-out areas, to allow for separate watering.
Make sure that you group plants by the amount of water they need and keep those that need the most water closer to your property.
Making Sure Water Is Used Effectively
Using water in the right way is important in any yard, even more so in a xeriscaped area.
This does not mean you cannot water plants and a lawn at all; it means you have to be careful when you do.
Keeping plants that need the same amount of water in the same area helps with this. It allows you to use the minimum amount of water necessary.
It also means you are not at risk of over watering any plants which a great benefit is if you want to keep your plants healthy.
The most ecologically friendly, and efficient, way of watering most of a xeriscaped yard is to collect rainwater.
You can simply use water butts to do this, or you can install a more costly upfront rainwater storage system.
If you need a significant amount of water, a full rainwater storage system is a more cost-effective option over time.
Using a sprinkler system is still the best way to water a lawn in a xeriscaped yard.
However, you need to make sure that watering is only done when necessary; you can use a timer to assist with this.
Watering early or late in the day is the best choice and you should never water your lawn when the sun is really bright or when it’s raining.
The main benefit you get from xeriscaping your yard is the preservation of water.
This means that you can have a beautiful outside space even if you live in an area where there is little rainfall.
It also means that you can save on your water bills which is an important benefit for most people.