It is spring: That means you’re looking into the best ways to get your lawn prepared for the summer. We all want to have a beautiful, green, lush lawn in the summer for our barbecues. To get this, you need to start in the spring. As everyone with a lawn knows, keeping care of it can be time-consuming. If you’ve been researching ways to simplify your lawn care, then you’ve likely asked the question: “What is xeriscape?” In today’s blog post, we’re going to take a closer look at this landscaping technique, so that you can determine if it’s the right choice for you.
What is Xeriscape?
Simply put, xeriscaping is landscaping with the goal of reducing or eliminating the need for watering. This is a great option for areas where there is limited water supply (such as Colorado’s drought over the last couple of years). It’s also a great choice if you just want to work on reducing waste and conserving water, but also having a nice green lawn. This reduction of waste is accomplished by planting a combination of rocks, mulches, grasses, and plants that require little to no water. There are 7 principles that work together in order for xeriscaping to work:
- Design: A design and plan must be created and followed that includes the major elements of the landscaping design.
- Soil: The soil must be tested and amended to fit the plants. For example, adding compost to the soil will help it retain water.
- Efficient Irrigation: Irrigation is key for xeriscaping. Each zone is targeted for the amount of water it needs.
- Appropriate Plants: Each of the plants in every zone must be similar, so that the watering plan will work for each one.
- Mulch: Mulch plays an important role as well: It keeps the roots of plants cool, reduces the growth of weeks, and minimizes evaporation.
- Appropriate Turf: Limiting turf, as well as choosing grass varieties that are native to the area is also important.
- Maintenance: Even with xeriscaping, your lawn and landscape will require maintenance. Making sure you keep up with aeration, fertilizing, the pulling of weeds, and mowing is essential.
Call Paradise Ponds to Learn More about Xeriscaping
The expert landscapers at Paradise Ponds are able to design and implement the perfect xeriscape for your home. Simply give us a call to learn more about our design and planning, as well as to learn more about whether or not it is right for your budget, area, and landscape.