Don't be surprised if your water-wise landscape cuts your outdoor chores by half. You'll spend less time mowing and watering. It also saves you money on gas, oil, and maintenance costs.
Xeric landscapes also attract more wildlife since you are using plants found in your region. Your garden will become a haven for butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.
If you think xeriscaping is right for you, use this checklist to make sure you've covered all the steps:
- Plan it out! Take time to assess your landscape. Have a soil test done, especially in newly developed areas, to know what you are dealing with. Think about the slope of your property and where different hydrozones will go.
- Go native! Native plants are a key strategy to xeriscaping. Check out our recommendations of good native plants for your garden. Talk to your region's native plant society for more information about growing natives in your backyard.
- It's a regional thing. Think about where you live and how your region impacts your garden style. Giving your landscape a sense of place not only makes economic sense but the local wildlife will also appreciate it.
- Don't forget the grass. Your lawn can go water-wise too! Plan for irrigation-friendly areas of turf or use grasses that need less water.
- Mulch it! Mulches are great for conserving water. Choose one that looks good with the plants you've chosen for your landscape.
- Relax and enjoy. Your investments will pay off soon. Enjoy your eco-friendly landscape and teach your friends and neighbors about its benefits.