Beautiful Yard: Live Sustainably With Water-Saving Xeriscaping

Spring is the perfect time to start growing your garden and priming your landscape to be green and lush. However, as summer approaches, the heat can make it difficult and very costly to maintain a beautiful lawn and garden. Luckily, there is a way to save money, conserve water and keep your yard breathtakingly beautiful. You just need to give xeriscaping a try.

What Exactly Is Xeriscaping?

This particular type of landscape isn't necessarily new, but since it is a sustainable way of gardening, not a lot of people are very familiar with it. Homeowners are just now starting to jump on the bandwagon of eco-friendly living.

Xeriscaping requires little to no water in order to thrive. In fact, you can save at least 50 percent and as much as roughly 75 percent of your water consumption outside. But that's not all. You can finally stop mowing your yard, avoid chemical weed killers and fertilizers, limit overall maintenance and a whole lot more. You may even experience a bump in the value of your property, which is always a good thing in the event that you decide to sell in the future.

How to Make Xeriscaping a Success

There are certain principles that need to be applied to your landscaping if you want this particular type of landscaping to be a true success. For starters, you should aim for local plants that are more likely to grow and adapt to your climate. In addition, you should opt for plants that are either resistant to drought or require little watering.

You also want to make use of your existing property's layout. There's no need to create a new one. Simply use sunny spots for the plants that need a significant amount of sun to thrive and shaded areas for the plants that don't require as much sunlight. Make sure to add mulch around your plants, especially those that require wetter conditions, as the mulch can capture and hold moisture. At the same time, the mulch can work to keep weeds from growing while also reducing erosion.

Landscaping isn't always an easy task, especially for those who aren't extremely familiar with soil, plants, etc. If this is the case, consult with a local landscaper. They can help you understand more about living sustainably with xeriscaping, provide you with advice on choosing the most appropriate plants for your area and also get their hands dirty in creating your beautiful landscape so that you don't have to. 

For more information, contact Outdoor Solutions Landscaping or a similar company.