When you are doing gardening, you probably have heard the term “landscaping,” which means making the yard and lawn beautiful and attractive by altering the design, putting colors and layers. But have you heard of xeriscaping San Angelo? Xeriscaping is similar to landscaping although it focuses more on the purpose of landscaping projects to eliminate the need for water, or at least minimize the need for it.
This process of doing the yard is becoming more and more popular especially in dry regions of the west side of the United States. Some of these regions include Colorado and Denver, which are two of the states that support xeriscaping. This is in response to the droughts that made water a luxurious commodity in these places, which also pushed their city water department to encourage their residents to use less water for their gardens and lawns.
This process has become popular because it provides a lot of benefits, both in the aspect of house finances and the environment. For the house finances, xeriscaping can reduce water consumption by up to 75%, which also leads to cutting costs in water bills. This realization led the state of California to offer its residents conservation incentives to encourage them to do xeriscaping instead of continuing their traditional landscaping projects and activities in their yards and lawns. For the environment, the process saves more water resources, which is good not just for the environment but also for future generations. In the case of California, for instance, the water department has estimated 120 gallons of water being saved per day.
When doing xeriscaping, the most important element that needs to be considered is the choice of vegetation that is good and appropriate for the climate in the area you are in, especially those plants that can withstand drought and consistent heat. Good soil, mulch, as well as myrtles and daffodils are ideal for areas like this.
Xerophytes, plants that have adapted to arid lands are also good for this kind of landscaping too, as well as ocotillo, which is a native plant.
Another thing you need to prepare is the efficient irrigation methods for your xeriscaping projects. Soaker hoses and drips offer water directly to the base of the plants contrary to what the sprinklers provide. Opt for these and you will never have to regularly maintain your xeriscaping project.
Plants you can have in your xeriscape
Cactus is probably the main and ideal plant you can have in your xeriscape and other succulent plants. When we mention cactus, we refer to the hundreds of different species of cactus that you can try in your lawn and yard. Cacti, the plural form of cactus, are able to withstand dry soil because of its prickly spines that protect itself from animals who seek water and its large, round stems that collect water to sustain themselves. Also, their skin is waxy which reduces water evaporation. If you want other plants, you can have thyme, oregano, sage, black walnuts, sapodilla, and Jerusalem artichokes.
When your area is dry and you need to conserve water to maintain your lawn and yard, you can try xeriscaping and experiences its benefits.