We’ve approached midsummer and there’s a good chance you’re starting to see dry patches throughout the community. Are you having a tough time keeping away those pesky spots while still maintaining a reasonable water bill?
We introduced the concept of xeriscaping a few weeks ago and discussed some of the main benefits it can deliver to communities in any type of climate. It’s an excellent way to keep your community looking beautiful year-round while not spending an arm and leg on water bills. If you’re ready to start ridding your community of water-hungry grass and plants, here are some tips to help you get started.
Think Beyond Cactus
It’s important to note that if you’re going to start xeriscaping, you’re not just stuck with cactuses and rocks. There are numerous water-friendly plants that bloom throughout the year, offering a beautiful, colorful landscape. Try browsing various xeriscaping catalogs or visiting websites that list the types of plants native to your climate.
Don’t Rid Your Community of all Turf
Sure, the goal of xeriscaping is to reduce water waste, but that doesn’t mean you need to remove every square inch of turf throughout the community. Start by looking for opportunities where turf is hidden, perhaps behind other plants, or where you’re struggling to keep it alive. There will be certain parts of the community, such as parks or walking paths, where it always makes sense to have grass.
Bunch Plants Together
Look for opportunities to plant items that require similar amounts of water together to reduce water waste and the need for additional irrigation. Plus, it’s more aesthetically pleasing to have groups of large blooming plants placed closely together, giving the feeling of a natural oasis.
Drips Over Sprays
With xeriscaping, sprinklers are out, and driplines are in. That means no more misters or heads that end up leaving a ton of water on the sidewalk. Driplines are more efficient, ensuring the water used goes directly towards watering the plants, and not on the sidewalk or street.
Rocks are Good Too
Mulch is a vital component of xeriscaping as it can help retain water, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck only using mulch. Work rocks in to the landscape to provide a nice contrast in color.
Consider Bringing in Experts
Xeriscaping has high upfront costs but will save your community money down the road if it’s done right. To ensure you’re getting the most bang for your buck and that you’re creating a landscape that will look good for the long term, consider bringing in professionals to help plan your garden and provide tips on proper irrigation and soil prep.
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