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XERISCAPING

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Xeriscaping is the grouping of vegetation with similar needs to reduce watering requirements. Native species offer many advantages, such as better adaptation and providing food for native pollinators. The practice of xeriscaping uses creative landscaping techniques, such as grouping of drought-resistant vegetation, and creates an aesthetically interesting natural environment, which contributes to a sense of place.

COMPATIBILITY

  • Consider the microclimate of the potential site (sunny vs. shady, windy vs. protected)
  • Group plants strategically to concentrate water usage
  • Choose ground cover that will control erosion
  • Avoid steep slopes, but may also use a terrace design as a mitigation technique for erosion
  • Consider plants that flower at different times of the year to enhance aesthetic value

 

MAINTENANCE

  • Weeding, and mowing is carried out as needed, but primarily in the spring and fall
  • Allow plants to achieve natural growth by not over pruning and fertilizing
  • Requires little if any watering, especially in the case of taller grass which help to retain water
  • Using native vegetation that thrives in local climate can reduce overall maintenance requirements

 

COSTS

  • Cost of plants will range depending on size and maturity level
  • Hardscaped landscape, such as rocks, pavers, and concrete, will be more expensive
  • Maintenance costs are generally equal if not less than regular gardening costs  due to savings from reducing mowing and watering

 

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