What Is Xeriscaping?

Posted on: 9 November 2016

A beautiful green yard of grass can be a sight to behold. The problem with it is that it can take up a lot of water to keep it nice and green. If you live in a drought-prone area, you may have water restrictions that you have to deal with, so you may not be able to water your lawn without running the risk of getting a fine. But, no one wants to look at a dry, crispy, brown lawn. One option you have is to try xeriscaping it. 


Not everyone knows what xeriscaping is. It is landscaping that uses native and drought resistant plants to conserve water. There are all kinds of landscaping styles that you can choose to go with using those plants. While xeriscaping got its start in dry areas, that doesn't mean that you have to get rid of your grass. In fact, if you want to have that nice green yard, you may still be able to have it, as there are many grasses that are drought resistant and can be planted in your yard. Those grasses will have roots that go down further than non-drought resistant roots do, which allows them to find and store water better. The overall goal of xeriscaping is to give you a pleasing landscape that is also designed to retain water and withstand a drought.


There are a lot of benefits to having a xeriscaped yard. One of them is that you are actually helping out your local environment. Birds and insects may have a hard time finding plants that they use for food or habitat, but if you have a xeriscaped yard, those animals have a resource available to them that they wouldn't have otherwise had. Another benefit, depending on what area you live in and what kind of look you want, is that you may end up with a very low-maintenance landscape to deal with. For example, if you are in the American Southwest, you may choose to have succulents in your yard, along with plants like yucca. You can also have decorative gravel in your yard with those plants. Those plants don't need a lot of maintenance or irrigation, so you don't have to go out and mow your yard regularly. 

If you want to make changes to your yard and have a more environmentally friendly yard, xeriscaping may be just what you are looking for.