Did you know that the average American family uses approximately 96 gallons of water per day on outdoor use? And sadly, a lot of this water gets wasted largely due to inefficient irrigation methods. I don’t know about you, but we were completely shocked by this number! Not to mention the astonishing amount of chemicals, fuel, time and money that is typically spent on lawn and garden maintenance.
Fortunately, there is a low-maintenance and superbly eco-friendly alternative to conventional landscaping – xeriscaping. Due to xeriscaping’s use of stones and native drought-resistant plants, you can say goodbye to gas guzzling mowers, copious amounts of watering, fertilizers and toxic pesticides, and constant pruning and trimming! This means you get more time in your day to enjoy friends and family while also doing your part to conserve the earth’s natural resources. A mutually beneficial approach for both the environment AND you!
So, now that we may have convinced you to consider xeriscaping your yard, the question remains – How? That’s when we turn to the experts – California based landscape architects Eco Minded Solutions. Co-founder Barry Thau illustrates how to convert your outdoor space into a xeriscaped oasis through these 5 steps…
Replace your lawn with gravel and unique stones
This will reduce maintenance time while also saving money on water and mowing and helps keep soil cool and moist during the summer while warm during the winter to protect the xeriscape plants’ root systems.
Allow your plants to flourish while preventing water loss through using mulch to improve water retention.
PLAN FOR LOW MAINTENANCE PLANTS TO MATURE
The best plants to use for xeriscaping in California are fruitless olive trees, Palo Verde trees, peppermint trees, California lilacs, sage, gregillea, and rockrose.
To find plants native to your region, check out PlantNative.org’s regional plant list finder.
Make occasional irrigation adjustments
Add a thick 3″ layer of mulch to your xeriscape to help reduce your watering and weeding routine.
Prune drought resistant plants
Choose plants that are not too big for your garden so you won’t have to prune so often and ones that look good or bloom all summer long, but don’t require deadheading.
Use drought tolerant succulent plants native to your region
Being local to San Diego, Eco Minded Solutions suggests planting a variety of Salvia species (perennials/shrubs), Leucophyllum species (shrubs), Agave species (succulents), Aloe species (succulents), Bougainvillea (vine), and Lantana species (ground cover).
For more helpful information about xeriscaping your yard visit Eco Minded Solutions.