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What’s Xeriscaping & How Do I Do It?

Xeriscaping is a landscaping technique that focuses on reducing the need for watering and irrigation for turf grasses, a concept that continues to gain more ground (so to speak) thanks to rising temperatures and fewer raindrops.</br></br>Xeriscaping is popular in arid places like Arizona and New Mexico, and has seen more interest in California as the drought persists while water-usage bans intensify. But, xeriscaping can look great anywhere – not just in the desert.</br></br>Here’s what you need to know to get started.</br></br><strong>1. You can experiment with a small space and see how you like it.</strong></br></br>A fully xeriscaped yard is a sight to behold and something a lifelong grass appreciator may find a little too dry. No worries! You can carve out a small space for xeriscaping and see how you like it.</br></br>TIP: To maximize utility, choose a spot that you find difficult to irrigate and eliminate the problem with a micro-xeriscaping project.</br></br><strong>2. Don’t worry about the plants right away.</strong></br></br>Xeriscaping in dry areas is easier in many ways because those places are more naturally suited to keeping plants like succulents alive. A huge cactus might look really neat, but it won’t last unless you can bring the heat.</br></br>TIP: Xeriscaping isn’t anti-plant as much as anti-grass. And, it’s not as if you can’t water a xeriscaped space. Plants native to your local region and weather will still flourish.</br></br><strong>3. Choose mulch that complements your property’s color palette and style.</strong></br></br>One of the cool things about xeriscaping is that it offers you color variety that extends beyond shades of green. It’s not as soft, but the different textures available do have their own appeal.</br></br>TIP: Wood mulch will help insulate plants in cooler temps while also helping reduce water evaporation. Rock mulch, on the other hand, is less likely to blow away in high winds.</br></br><strong>4. Include pathways in the planning phase.</strong></br></br>It’s easy to imagine a xeriscaped space as a place that you just walk through any which you like. And, you can do that, but your design will have more depth if you plan with purpose.</br></br>TIP: Add a place to sit along the path for an even more engaging xeriscaping experiment.</br></br>Xeriscaping is easy on your water bill and natural resources, and if you need a few tips you can always <a title="Porch.com" href="https://porch.com/" target="_blank">find a great local landscaper on Porch.com</a>.
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