What is the definition of xeriscaping?

  • 'xeri' is from the Greek word "xeros" meaning dry
  • 'scape' means scene or view
can be referred to as a garden design with very low water requirements. It can involve the use of drought tolerant plants such as cacti, or it might be as simple as using ornamental gravel or synthetic turf in place of a traditional home lawn.
With water resources becoming more precious in the 21st Century, gardeners are likely to take a much closer look at some level of Xeriscaping in any future garden plans. Some even say that in the midst of frequent droughts, the modern approach to California landscaping is Xeriscaping!

Advantages of xeriscaping

  • Saves time and money
  • Conserves water resources
  • Pest and disease problems are minimal
  • Low maintenance
  • Low fertilization requirements
  • Preserves landfill space

Quartz stones


6 principles of Xeriscaping

Planning and Design - Plan water-wise landscaping using drought tolerant varieties.
Smart Turf - Limit the use of turfgrasses with high water demands. Consider planting drought tolerant varieties of grass where needed.
Soil Improvements - Add organic matter to improve the water holding capacity of your soil.
Mulching - Mulches minimize evaporation and help cool the soil.
Efficient Irrigation - Drip irrigation can greatly reduce water waste. Water is applied slowly and exactly where it's needed. Installation of these systems is cost effective when compared to rising water costs.
Maintenance - Keep irrigation systems in good repair and properly adjusted.


Drought tolerant plants

Landscape Design




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