Did you have trouble keeping your lawn or flower beds alive during this hot and too-dry summer? Consider altering your landscape into a xeriscape.
Xeriscape is a landscaping idea that works to conserve water through the planting of an attractive, useful, water-efficient home garden. While often associated with desert climates, xeriscapes can save you money no matter where you live. The savings come from your water bill as well as the cost of maintenance for fertilizers and other soil amendments.
You can begin to create a xeriscape almost any time of year. Autumn and spring are best for planting in most climate zones, but you can get started through winter in the mildest areas. Add soil amendments such as natural compost when planting. Mulch before cold weather hits as well as after the ground warms up in spring to discourage weeds and conserve water during the growing season. Summer and fall are best for removing lawns. Research and planning can be done throughout the year.
To create a xeriscape, plant slow-growing, drought-tolerant, native plants that need little or no watering. For some guidelines for planning a xeriscape, with a focus on saving money from start to finish, click on the link below: