Xeriscaping 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
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
- Saves time and money
- Conserves water resources
- Pest and disease problems are
- Low maintenance
- Low fertilization requirements
- Preserves landfill space
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.