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Xeriscaping: The landscaping alternative

Environmentally friendly yard

From SheKnows Canada
Xeriscaping refers to a green method of landscaping that can substantially help reduce water consumption. Read on for more information on how to turn your yard into a xeriscape space.
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Xeriscape

In the environmentally friendly world of today, a commitment to reducing water consumption should be on everyone's agenda. Some municipalities have even implemented restricted outdoor water usage to help with the cause, but what can you do to help? Why not consider revamping your yard the eco-friendly way with xeriscaping!

This type of landscaping style is far removed from a simple rock garden, as a xeriscaped yard is much more than that. In addition to the environmentally friendly aspect of reduction in water usage, a xeriscaped yard can be a beautiful and creative space filled with gorgeous plants and interesting layouts! Are you ready to get started? Here are some suggestions to create your own xeriscaped space, and it starts with a design.

Make a plan

  • Consider all the elements you'd like to incorporate into your yard, such as pathways, seating areas and trees.
  • Make note of the sunny and shady areas of your yard, as this will help determine the watering needs of that space.

Optimize your soil

  • Add an organic compound such as compost to your soil, since this is a great way to help your plants stay healthy and hydrated.

Limit the amount of grass

  • A typical yard has a large amount of grass, but to maintain that properly, it takes a lot of water, so incorporate only as much lawn as you need for visual appeal or for a practical purpose such as a play area.

Be choosy with your plants

  • Some plants will work better than others in a xeriscaped yard, so opt for plants that thrive in your planting region, are drought resistant and/or have long roots that can make use of deep water reserves.

Maximize your irrigation

  • Add mulch around plants to help conserve their moisture level. Cover the area with a layer a few inches thick.
  • Avoid moisture loss from evaporation by not watering plants in the heat of the day, and choose to water them during the early morning or evening hours instead.
  • When watering, opt for a drip irrigation system, or use a soaker hose, as both of these will soak the plant at the base, which helps maximize its water absorption.

Maintain your space

  • Although one of the benefits of this style of landscaping is that it generally doesn't take much work, to maintain it properly does require a small amount of effort.
  • Watch that the level of mulch is consistently a few inches thick, as wind or traffic can wear it down.
  • Keep a check on weeds, and remove them as needed.
  • Avoid cutting any grassy areas too short, as taller grass will act as a protector for the roots and prevent moisture loss.

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